The Question Hardcover – 1 Jun 1998
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Anyone expecting sweet-as-saccharin writing from actress and cake-baker extrordinaire Jane Asher will be sorely disappointed in The Question--a stylish, acerbic novel which treats its topics of betrayal and revenge with a caustic wit that is at once aggressive and intense in its execution. The glacial and detached Eleanor--late fifties, well preserved, hitherto uncomplicated and affluent lifestyle bolstered by the successful career of her husband, childless but content--discovers that her 30-year marriage has been a sham, and as the full impact of John's transgression forces her into action, Eleanor turns into a wilful and calculating shrew hell-bent on revenge. There is never any doubt that Eleanor will make her perfidious husband pay for his misconduct, but Asher's canny treatment of a familiar subject pushes the story to its limit, making it a surprisingly classy and pleasingly unpredictable study of a woman who all but loses her sense of reason to the green eyed monster.
The Question certainly cannot to be compared with the cosy aga-sagas that perhaps one would automatically associate with Asher's familiar public persona. Instead, be prepared to be ambushed by the sharp writing, a plot that tumbles tartly into overdrive from the very first line, and the dramatic twist that shapes the ultimate, pungent and shockingly cruel ending.--Susan Harrison --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Acclaim for The Longing:
‘If Jane Asher were not already famous, this book would make her so… here, at last, is a star who can write’
‘Her book is topical, emotion-charged… grips from the first page… Asher brilliantly lays bare the torment endured by the unintentionally childless’
Val Hennessy, Daily Mail
‘Thought-provoking, polished and professional’
Top customer reviews
My advice, Jane, just stick to your cakes and Beatle memories.
The chapters where Susan meets Robbie, a fellow paraplegic, in the hospital, started well, but disintegrated just as the reader thought these were going somewhere. The whole book could have worked better if edited down to a short story or novella. The group gave the book a mark of 5 out of 10.
I found this book in a charity shop and would have given it right back again had I not been upset by the thought of anyone else reading it.
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