Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
17 journalers for this copy...
Extra copy purchased for bookcrossing!
From Publishers Weekly
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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WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Off to twinkpuddin!
Have KarinAlyssa's address and hope to get the book heading to Canada this week.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Off today! Enjoy!
I thought I had journal it afterwards, but there's nothing. This book was amazing because I had never thought that being a member of a bookclub could be so fulfilling and fun. To see the lives of those different women evolving was great as well. The writer had a way with words and each page just flew away until I arrived at the end. The only slight default was that most of the books read by the club were not known to me, so the discussion part left me cold.
Thanks for sharing, it was sent on December 16 to SillySilhouette in OH.
Thanks! Looks like a good one!
Will start reading it soon...
Well, sorry fellow "rayers". I can't "digest" any more of this book. I stopped on page 88 after I realized that I would rather do housework than try to read it!
Needless to say, my decision has liberated me. And I must admit (not proudly) that this is the first bookray/ring that I've ever not finished.
I liked how it started out with the depth of Faith's emotions and circumstances. They were described in first person. However, I was a little put off when the first person switched to someone else. Things became worse when the characters started acting in unbelievably childish and irresponsible ways.
I also felt that the story was drawn out and went into too many tangents. -Need I say more?!
Mailed to timollie5502 on 1/17/06.
Sending on to SCA2003 on 2/21/06.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Sent on to sabeena29, Enjoy!
I will mail of this book to the next reader on Monday.
Thank you to Karenzero for sharing this book!!!
Update: Oops! We were logged in under my daughter's screen name. This is really glade1 catching this book!
First, being a Southerner, I cannot STAND it when someone uses y'all in the singular. Y'all is a contraction of you all (second person plural)! Several times in this book, Ms. Landvik has her Southern-born characters using y'all when speaking to only one person. I know it's nitpicking but that is one of my pet peeves.
A few other things seemed a little unrealistic--I know, it's fiction! But would there have been an openly gay couple living in suburban Minnesota in the early seventies? Maybe so but it seemed a little off to me. And the switching from first person to third person, from letters to narrative, etc., annoyed me at first, though I grew used to it. Also, like others, I have read very few of the books the book club discussed, so I'm sure I lost some of the significance there.
Despite these minor irritations, I enjoyed the story and "bonded" with the characters. Like timollie said, I enjoy vicariously living with close-knit groups of women. I've not had that in my adult life and I miss it. It makes me want to start a book club!
Thank you, KarenZero, for sharing this book. I have PMed the next person and await an address to move this along.
Update 9-19-06: Genielady asked to be skipped and Suebo is AWOL, so I have PMed ToXiCKiTTiKiSS for an address. As soon as I find someone to send this to, I'll move it along!
Update later on 9-19-06: ToXiCKiTTiKiSS has already read this book so wants to be skipped! I've PMed Mrsordonez for an address.
Update 9-22-06: OK! Finally found someone to take the book. Mailing to mrsordonez today via media mail.
I found this book mediocre. I read the whole thing, which I don't do if it's bad, but wasn't especially on fire about it. The characters did have depth, something that romance novels (which, of course this is not) lack, and that kept me reading, but it felt like everything was tied up in a neat little bundle in the end.
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I especially didn't like the account when Fred, Slip's brother, visits the housewives for a meeting. The account of the girl in Vietnam, although appropriate in its accuracy, was out of place with the tone and rhythm of the rest of the book. If I wanted something that heavy, I'll go pick up nonfiction. Even the dramas of the housewives, such as Merit's abuse, paled in comparison.
I also didn't like how Julia and Kari made up in the span of a few pages, like the author was ready to finish up the book and forgot to put the revalation of Mary Jo in until the end. Faith's outing was also late, how can you be friends, and such close friends as these women seem to be, without revealing her "great shame" or even hinting to it. It was not believable.
For some reason, I just didn't like the characters of Slip and Audrey, probably because Slip was so fit into her "social justice" personality, and Audrey didn't have enough of a personality.
I lost track of whose kids were whose, and had to do a lot of thinking and remembering to keep up. Almost drew family trees. The men became a blur after a while as well.
Overall, it was ho-hum, but entertaining enough to at least complete it, and although I would not recommend it, I don't feel I wasted my time.
I've PMed JanieMac75 for an address and will get this out in the mail ASAP. Thanks to KarenZero for sharing this book as a bookray!
25/4/07 Still be a wee while before I get to this but next on the bookring list to read.
15/5/07 Started reading at the weekend. Will try to get through it ASAP and get it moving again (heading towards halfway read and enjoying 18/5/07).
30/5/07 Nearly 3/4 way through, been trying to read two bookrings at once, you know how it is!!!
4/7/06...UPDATE.....passing on to my sis (Bonnethillbunny)
happy reading Elista.
Thanks so much for sharing this book, KarenZero.
On it's way to concertina8, asap!
13 February - concertina8 asked to be skipped.
- contacting KatColorado.
- KatColorado didn't respond to PM's or ISO
- contacting boomda181