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SIGN ME UP FOR THIS BOOK GROUP!!!!,
This review is from: Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons (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. There's Kari, who wants nothing more than to be a mother; Audrey, the sexiest of the bunch but is she sexy enough for her husband; Faith, mother of twins yet plagued by secrets from her own childhood; Merit, beautiful and shy and the victim of an abusive husband and lastly Slip, the very petite political activist.
To say I enjoyed this book would be an understatement. I loved every chapter...every page...every word. Although I've heard many other readers rave about Lorna Landvik in the past, for some reason I had just never picked up one of her books. Why then did I start with Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons? No doubt it was the title...that was the first draw. But the deciding factor for me was the chance to read about an actual book group and think that I could be one of the angry housewives, if only in my fictional world. Of course, eating the bon bons is the "Piece de Resistance" because, let's face it, what's a few calories amongst friends...especially the friends you'll meet in this book.