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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (1 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553816411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553816419
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 408,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book deserves to be read on the strength of its title alone. Spanning 40 years, from the swinging 60s up to the 90s, this is a big-hearted slice of life that's forever teetering between tears and laughter" (MAIL ON SUNDAY)

"A love for books and a zest for life bring together five women in a lively story as delectable as a five-pound box of chocolates" (ANNE LECLAIRE)

"From the title onwards, this has DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA SISTERHOOD written all over it. It works" (MIRROR)

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The NEW YORK TIMES bestseller - a thoroughly engaging chronicle of friendship and the substantive place it holds in women's lives

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A FULLER BRUSH salesman had the unfortunate task of trying to sell his wares to the women of Freesia Court during the fifth day of a March cold snap. Read the first page
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joanne Schofield on 8 Nov. 2004
Format: Paperback
This book charts the lives of five women, who form a reading group and call themselves, 'Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons'. Through this group solid, lasting friendships are formed which continue to grow stronger as their lives unravel through the decades. It's a book bursting with emotions; happiness and joy are juxtaposed with pain and tragedy but the characters in this book are strong, courageous women who are all survivors and I admired them greatly.
From the late 60's to the present day the reader observes their difficulties, desires and delights, all greatly enhanced by Landvik's wonderfully warm writing. Her unique style and vivid imagery burst from the pages, making this book a pleasure to read; (..."Autumn, beautiful rusty gold and maroon autumn was a matron in tweeds and sensible shoes who begged you to come outside and take a walk with her whilst listening to her recite Shakespeare and Byron and Shelley...")
Overall, this was a hugely enjoyable book about the powerful bond of friendship. Read it, identify and emphathise with the characters and I can guarantee you will not be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Emma Jenkins on 4 Jun. 2005
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I really enjoyed this book and was hooked very early on. The underlying theme behind the book is very akin to the popular TV series Desperate Housewives, where a group of diverse women come together and find strength in their friendship. Unlike Desperate Housewives, these women come together to form a book group, and although they take the book-review process quite seriously it is clear that the "club" is mainly a way to ensure they all get together at regular intervals to share in eachother's lives and eat great home-made desserts! As a group they go through most life experiences, including serious illness, bereavement, domestic abuse, as well as lots of joy and happiness along the way. The author allows us to really feel like we know these characters extremely well, as their individual life stories gradually unfold.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Scott on 3 Oct. 2004
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It is unusual for me to rate a novel like this - pretty much in the "easy reading" category - so highly. So what's good about it? The historical context (follows the experience of a group of women friends who for over 30 years are members of a book group which they have named "AHEB" - hence the book's title) with a flavour of some of the issues of the different decades covered (1960s- 1998), the variety of life experiences (these are all middle-class women, so there is something in each of their experiences which an "average" reader like me can identify with), the appeal of the theme of women supporting women. Well written, appealing format, never too corny, never boring or difficult to pick back up again when you have had to put it down - and very much a novel full of the stuff of my life (past, present and future) and the lives of my friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Sept. 2005
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This is American fiction in the feel-good, homespun, sugary sweet way. It took a while to get into it but it then became addictive. The lives of the women in a reading club that spans decades is captured in a lively and sometimes moving way.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TheReader23 on 13 May 2003
Format: Hardcover
Two years ago, while on vacation at the Jersey shore, I read a great book about the bonding and friendship of a group of women who had been friends for ten years. That book was The Saving Graces by Patricia Gaffney and it's remained one of my favorites. Since then, I've read many books exploring these same relationships among women and the emotional links that tie us together but had not come upon anything that could measure up to Gaffney's book. I am happy to report that not only have I found something that measures up but I've also found something that might even surpass that book.
I think that part of the appeal for me of Angry Housevies is twofold. First of all, the women are part of a book group and the reader gets to go to many of their monthly book group meetings. Secondly, this book spans four decades starting with the 60's and ending with the 90's. Consequently, it's like taking a trip down memory lane as the reader is reminded of the politics, bestsellers, fashions, and mindset of each of these eras in the twentieth century. It's a nostalgic reading experience as they share their cigarettes in the 60's, protest the war in the 70's, conquer homophobia in the 80's and are there for each other in the 90's as some of them go through some very tough times.
Landvik introduces us to some wonderful characters....women you can relate to....women who remind you of some of your own friends....women who know HOW to be friends. They're all so very different, yet all so very alike because they're all women who not only want what friendship of other women can offer but need it as well.
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While flipping through a note pad I came across my grandmothers writing in the middle of it - she passed away 3 years ago - on the page were a few books and authors names - one of which was Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons and House of Curl. I found House of Curl in her bookcase and promptly started reading - and kept reading - the characters and story the reader can relate to and you won't put it down. Before I'd even finished House of Curl I ordered Angry Housewives and again, an amazing story! I grew up in MN and now live in London - Lorna's stories transport me back to MN - places I recognize - the winter weather I miss - and the dear dear friends...all can be found in her stories and they captivate you! I'm online now to write this review and order 2 more of Lorna's amazing books! She is a very gifted author - you'll laugh and you'll cry and you'll want to start a book club asap!
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