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Mr. Peanut (Vintage Contemporaries) Paperback – April 19, 2011
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What I got out of Mr. Peanut, instead, was something completely different...and nowhere near as exciting. True, David and Alice Pepin are characters and true Alice does die from a peanut...this happens in the first few pages. But the story doesn't really center around the Pepins so much. I'd almost call their story a MacGuffin except that they do get circled back to, because the plot quickly spirals away from them and toward the two detectives who are working his case. You see, all of the men in this book have problems with their wives. And all of the women in this book have problems with the men. Neither side are exactly shining examples of their genders. The women all seem to be depressed that married life and their husbands aren't what they're cracked up to be.Read more ›
Ostensibly a murder mystery, at least in theory, Ross's story begins with the unusual demise of Alice Pepin whose death is by an allergic reaction to, you guessed it, everyone's favorite legume. Her husband is the prime suspect and their tumultuous past, including his infidelity and her obesity and subsequent weight loss, is fodder for the investigators who take the case. The murder investigation is soon overshadowed, however, by Ross's exploration of love, dysfunction and co-dependence within the conventions of marriage itself. We branch off from the main narrative to explore the lives of the detectives--one of whom is also haunted by a relationship in psychological torment and the other having been the subject of a murder investigation himself. Add references to Alfred Hitchcock, pop-psychology, M.C. Escher, and the process of writing--and "Mr. Peanut" becomes as overstuffed as my favorite sandwich. But what's good for my belly isn't good for my mind.Read more ›
Within the first ten pages of the novel, Alice Pepin's obesity, insecurity and depression have culminated with her death from anaphylactic shock from the ingestion of a peanut at her kitchen table. Her husband, David, is the prime suspect in her murder. From here on, this brainteaser on steroids drags you through the maze of possibilities, moving forward, then backtracking, then looking behind door number two, then trying to twist the Rubric's cube another way, well, you get the idea.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the story of the married life of David and Alice Pepin. Alice has a number of allergies and has some health issues and David frequently contemplates her death. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nancy A
What a waste of time this book was. I don't know why I didn't stop reading it. It's really too bad because it started out so well. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Katie
It was hard to follow since they started written about the Sheppard murder and unless I missed it there was no transition.Published 5 months ago by zoraida
very difficult book to follow. Please tell me most people don't obsess over their relationships like this one --- or is it just New Yorkers? Read morePublished 8 months ago by jill kimmel