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Leaving Sophie Dean Paperback – March 26, 2012
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"Alexandra Whitaker takes the tried-and-true story of man leaves wife and kids for other woman and gives it a refreshing twist. LEAVING SOPHIE DEAN succeeds brilliantly as a comedy of manners because of Whitaker's pitch-perfect depictions of human foibles and graceful renderings of awkward situations. But the book works on a much deeper level too: as a meditation on marriage, solitude, personal freedom, and parenting that is as thought-provoking as it is entertaining."―Meg Mitchell Moore, author of The Arrivals and So Far Away
"Alexandra Whitaker's LEAVING SOPHIE DEAN is smart, clever, moving, and surprising at every turn. Funny and wise, this is a tale of modern love about parents who love their children more than they don't-love each other."―-Laura Zigman, author of Animal Husbandry and Piece of Work
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If you're looking for fun and witty women's fiction, consider how these elements work together: A good-enough marriage that breaks apart when the young mistress lays down an ultimatum - in response to her best friend's dare/taunt. The best friend is a formerly childhood friend who has her own issues with the glamorous, successful, aggressive mistress. The mistress is a little predictable, but her dilemma is certainly novel and makes for great comedy. Sophie Dean blossoms as a character and, in the best tradition of women's fiction, she keeps us laughing as she reclaims her identity and her life. It helps that Sophie's husband remains likable throughout the novel.
If you're looking for a fun, romantic comedic escape, I highly recommend Leaving Sophie Dean.
ISBN-10: 0446583944 - Paperback $13.99
Publisher: 5 Spot; Original edition (March 26, 2012), 352 pages.
Review copy courtesy of the publisher.
I wondered about Tolstoy's dictum that "All happy families are alike, each unhappy family unhappy in its own way" while reading this book. It takes a serio-comic, searching long look at a common phenomenon of OUR times (not Tolstoy's), and considers a new design for living more happily, but there is nothing weighty about its delivery. The writing style is delightful and original, with the kind of humour that catches you, as it were, suddenly in mid-sip. I especially liked the scenes with the children, so tenderly funny and true, and I'll never forget the heart-stopping one towards the end.
Ms. Whitaker has provided some excellent pointers at the back for reading groups, covering just the things we like to know about a writer at work, plus some good discussion questions. I mean to introduce the book to my group, and to make them laugh and admire in advance I have two tasters to read out: a great metaphor about a "meticulous nomad" on p. 10, and a lovely poetic one at the bottom of p. 211. Check 'em out!
This novel deals wth the break up of a marriage and the chicklit style bright blue cover misleads by suggesting that it might treat that subject with the pleasant, feelgood superficiality of that genre. In fact the book is much more interesting than that. It offers a quirky oblique look at marriage in the 21st Century and the roles within it of men and women and in particular their roles in connection with the raising of children.
When stay-at-home mother Sophie Dean (good name!) discovers that her husband is about to leave her and their 2 small children for his glamourous, single work colleague she decides to take matters into her own hands and leaves him living with the children whilst she performs the role of live out Mum as opposed to the more usual live out Dad.The novel than charts closely the experience of the 3 main characters in coming to terms with and then moving on from this new scenario.
I found the narrative unusually gripping. I could not go to sleep at night until I had finished "one more
chapter " so anxious was I to find out how the situation was going to work itself out.
I was particularly struck by the development of the relationships of the 3 main characters with the children of the marriage which were described with an unusually clear sighted lack of sentimentality.
This novel provides a very thoughful and subtle analysis of marriLeaving Sophie Deanage and its place in the modern world. Highly recommended
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