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Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons (Ballantine Reader's Circle) Paperback – Unabridged, February 3, 2004
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Five friends live through three decades of marriages, child raising, neighborhood parties, bad husbands and good brownies-and Landvik (Patty Jane's House of Curl) doesn't miss a single cliche as she chronicles their lives in this pleasant but wholly familiar novel of female bonding. When Faith Owens's husband is transferred from Texas to the "stupid godforsaken frozen tundra" of Freesia Court, Minn., in 1968, her life looks like it's going to be one dull, snowy slog-until the power goes out one evening and a group of what appear to be madwomen start a snowball fight in her backyard. These dervishes turn out to be her neighbors: antiwar activist Slip; sexpot Audrey; painfully shy Merit; and widow Kari. They become fast friends and decide to escape their humdrum routine by starting the Freesia Court Book Club, later given the eponymous name by one of their disgruntled husbands. As the years pass, Audrey and Merit get divorced, Kari adopts her niece's illegitimate baby, all five of the women find work outside their homes and they even smoke a joint together. Their personal dramas are regularly punctuated by reflections on political milestones ("First Martin Luther King, Jr., then Bobby Kennedy. As if we didn't have enough to worry about with this stupid war..."). While some scenes are touching and genuinely funny, readers of Fannie Flagg, Rita Mae Brown, Rebecca Wells and many imitators will feel that they've seen this before.
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At the heart of this new work from the popular Landvik (Welcome to the Great Mysterious) is the Freesia Court Book Club, whose five women members go through a lot together.
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The ladies are entirely different. Audrey is a big girl, five ten, and from a wealthy family. Slip is tiny, barely five feet, barely one hundred pounds, red curly hair which she hates and is very outspoken. Beautiful Merit is a Lutheran pastor's daughter, strictly raised in a small Iowa town, quiet and shy. Keri, the oldest at forty, the others are in their twenties, is a widow, no children. Faith is new to Minnesota. She is from Texas and Arkansas, unused to harsh winters.
Years go by, two divorces, one divorcee remarries. There are thirteen children in the group. Keri has no children, loves kids, is a favorite among nieces and nephews. Along comes a baby who needs a mom and she's all Keri's to her joy. Merit has her fourth daughter when she is in her early forties. Spoiled and loved is this child with three older sisters.
Time goes by, the ladies grow older, the children grow up, leave home. One daughter, due to all these readers with their books, becomes a writer, other sons and daughters make their moms grandmothers. Audrey finds a good friend, a gay man, Grant. He becomes a club member, likes to read and entertain, is a wonderful cook, a good housekeeper, and a wonderful friend to the group.
Characters grow old, characters die, the coming generation takes over. So goes life and living.
The book spands over three decades and gives you a nostalgic look at the 70′s, 80′s and 90′s. There’s over thirty-four books mentioned and I have read only two. Now I have a new reading list to add to my already long to-be-read list. The author does an excellent job of characterization as each of her characters grow.
Which woman do I see myself in? I actually saw a little bit of myself in all the women, but I have to say Merit is the one I most identify with because of the abusive relationship she experienced.
The book probably appeals more to the 50+ group. I’d like to see a sequel: Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons: The Golden Years.
This edition included questions and answers to the author and a reading group guide.
Now living in those times women did a lot of things you would not be too mindful of now you would not even dream to be smoking or drinking for that matter while pregnant and they did it back then without any morals about it.
But over all I enjoyed reading the book and my book club wants to follow the Angry Housewives way of reading and how they do different ways and style of different theme.
There are five women in this bookclub ~~ Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons ~~ and later, a man joined the bookclub but his story doesn't come in till near the end of the book. The stories of each woman entwined with the others' and you feel you are peeping into their private thoughts as they go about the business of living. There is Slip, the protester. There is Faith with a secret that she keeps hidden so deep that not even her husband knows the real Faith. There is Audrey, preoccupied with sex and how that is affecting everything around her. There is Kari, the good earth-mother with a sadness in her heart that nothing can ever repair. There is Merit, a doctor's wife who doesn't let on that her husband beats her. These are real women ~~ women that you might know ~~ and their stories. You'll read about how they overcome their problems in life ~~ oftentimes with humor, love and lots of good desserts.
Yes, the subject about women bonding together is old as time itself ~~ but Lorna creates five memorable characters ~~ and her creations are hilarious in some point of the novel and you feel as if you're growing up with them throughout the book. And you sense the real affection they have for one another. Their day-to-day lives are just as drab as ours are ~~ and just as exciting. She writes without abash about the mom crying that her children have flown the nest and how she thought it was just yesterday that she was feeding them in their high chairs. She writes about feuds between members of the group and how they amended their ways. She makes her characters as real as you and I ~~ and their stories just as interesting as we find our lives to be.
This is an excellent book ~~ one that kept me on my toes and took me away for a few hours every evening. This book is so me ~~ I can't wait for my mom to read it as well. The humor throughout this book is true and funny ~~ I can keep on gushing and raving about this book ~~ so I won't. Just buy it or even borrow it ~~ you'll have fun!
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Made me want to start a book club of my own. which I haven't done yet. Maybe in the new year