Lorna Landvik is the bestselling author of "Patty Jane's House of Curl," "Your Oasis on Flame Lake," "The Tall Pine Polka," and "Welcome to the Great Mysterious." She is also an actor, playwright, and proud hockey mom. "From the Hardcover edition."
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. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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 clich 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. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
"Highly entertaining . . . Almost as hard to put down [as] Mary McCarthy's "The Group".""--The Seattle Times""A LIVELY STORY AS DELECTABLE AS A FIVE-POUND BOX OF CHOCOLATES . . . A thoroughly engaging chronicle of friendship and the substantive place it holds in women's lives."--ANNE LECLAIRE Author of "Leaving Eden""It is impossible not to get caught up in the lives of the book group members. . . . Landvik's gift lies in bringing these familiar women to life with insight and humor.""--The Denver Post""A GUILTY PLEASURE . . . THIS LIGHT, SNAPPY READ MAY BE HER BEST YET.""--Midwest Living "magazine"Honesty, humor, and profound emotion . . . are the hallmarks of the book. Told alternately from each woman's perspective, and ranging in time from the late 1960s to the late 1990s, Landvik accurately captures the thinking, the culture, and the feeling of each decade. . . . [She] treats her characters, whose stories drive the novel, with the same warmth and love with which they regard each other. . . . For anyone who has connected with another person on any emotional level, this appealing novel provides the special comfort of recognition.""--BookStreet USA""[A] delicious novel . . . If you love . . . Fannie Flagg, Lee Smith, Adriana Trigiani--you will love this. It's a buddy book, a story of women sharing friendship, love, loss, and laughter."--"Millbrook Round Table" (NY)"Readers might feel a twinge of sadness and loss as they turn the last page of "Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons"--finishing this book is like leaving five dear friends."--"BookPage""Witty and wise . . . Landvik's ladies endure the best and worst of times together (and recommend some great reads along the way)."--"Booklist""From the Trade Paperback edition."