Persephone belongs to Generation X, the generation who were told they could have it all. However, she isn’t feeling the love. Persephone has a ‘portfolio career’ in the arts that sees her juggling voice-overs with acting gigs with writing plays for theater. She also has a ridiculous Greek name that she can’t relate to, a four-year-old to look after, and a husband who has just dropped a bombshell—he wants a divorce. Things couldn’t be worse. Or could they?
Enter Patrick, an all-round nice guy Persephone meets while doing voice-overs to pay the bills. Persephone unexpectedly falls head over heels for him. This is great until Persephone discovers Patrick has a faulty moral compass and a questionable past; one that impacts their present in more ways than she could have imagined.
Meanwhile, rehearsals are underway for Persephone’s play that her soon-to-be-ex-husband is directing, her four-year-old son wants his father to come back home, she’s still no clearer about the significance of her name, and her agent is sending her around the twist. If this is what having it all looks like, Persephone wants no part of it. No wonder she has an Art Ache.
Art Ache isn’t your standard chick lit. It’s a window into the world of the arts, theater, in particular, and poses some interesting questions about “having it all.”