Henry has ended his marriage to Caroline and headed off to Noosa with Mercedes' grade three teacher, Martha.
Caroline, having shredded a wardrobe-full of Henry's suits, has gone after them. Craig and Lesley have dropped over briefly from next door to catch up on the fallout from Henry and Caroline's all-night row.
And Janice, Caroline's sister, is staying for the weekend to look after the girls because Janice is the sensible one. A microbiologist with a job she loves, a fervent belief in the beauty of the scientific method and a determination to make a solo life after her divorce from Alec.
Then Craig returns through the bedroom window expecting a tryst with Caroline and finds Janice in her bed, Lesley storms in with a jealous heart and a mouthful of threats, Henry, Caroline and Martha arrive back from the airport in separate taxis - and let's not even get started on Brayden the pizza guy. Janice can cope with all that. But when Alec knocks on the door things suddenly get complicated.
Harnessing the exquisite timing of the great comedies to the narrative power and emotional intelligence for which she is famous, Toni Jordan brings all her wit, wisdom and flair to this brilliant, hilarious audiobook.
©2016 Toni Jordan (P)2016 Bolinda
This book has had rave reviews, heartily recommended by readers and the author's peers. But seriously? Is this considered the highest quality tones?
Firstly, the cute, precocious, voice we are introduced to in the beginning chapters, narrating conversation with children, seemed perfectly tempered and toned... but given this same voice also occupies the narrative of the main character - an supposed adult - it becomes annoying, whiny, and reflects the maturity (or lack thereof) of this story's protagonist...
In fact, the lead in this 'farce' is so hard to like, and certainly challenging to engage with, that I didn't know if I wanted to slap her or delete the book from my library half-way through.
She is neither a role model nor an aspiration. But neither is she particularly interesting in her 'realness'. Yeah, yeah... is pretty much all I kept thinking.
Do you know what it reminds me of? A 30min sitcom ep. A cliched one. Where the lead character has done the same slap-stick moves for 5 series. And we're bored but hoping for a knowingly delivered genius paradigm shift... but nope.
This novel was on all the 'must read' lists, but I'm glad I experienced it by audio, as cld carry on having a life while it whinged and did dumb stuff in the background.
"play rather than a novel"
Funny story about the complexity of relationships. It takes part during one week-end and in one house which makes it feel like a play (especially on the audiobook) more than a novel. Jordan makes some interesting observations about human nature and the nature of the relationships. The only thing which bothered me is that at some moments it tries to be more funny that necessary.
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