Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons

Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons

Book - 2003
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From her sensational sleeper hitPatty Jane's House of Curlto her heartwarming novelWelcome to the Great Mysterious, Lorna Landvik has won the hearts of readers everywhere by skillfully balancing hilarity with pathos, and bittersweet insights with heartwarming truths. Now she returns to her beloved, eccentric stomping ground of small-town Minnesota where the most eclectic, and engaging group of women you'll ever meet share love, loss, and laughter. Sometimes life is like a bad waiter--it serves you exactly what youdon'twant. The women of Freesia Court have come together at life's table, fully convinced that there is nothing good coffee, delectable desserts, and a strong shoulder can't fix. Laughter is the glue that holds them together--the foundation of a book group they call AWEB--Angry Wives Eating Bon Bons--an unofficial "club" that becomes much more. It becomes a lifeline. The five women each have a story of their own to tell. There's Faith, the newcomer, a lonely housewife and mother of twins, a woman who harbors a terrible secret that has condemned her to living a lie; big, beautiful Audrey, the resident sex queen who knows that good posture and an attitude can let you get away with anything; Merit, the shy, quiet doctor's wife with the face of an angel and the private hell of an abusive husb∧ Kari, a thoughtful, wise woman with a wonderful laugh as "deep as Santa Claus's with a cold" who knows the greatest gifts appear after life's fiercest storms; and finally, Slip, activist, adventurer, social changer, a tiny, spitfire of a woman who looks trouble straight in the eye and challenges it to arm wrestle. Holding on through forty eventful years--through the swinging Sixties, the turbulent Seventies, the anything-goes Eighties, the nothing's-impossible Nineties--the women will take the plunge into the chaos that inevitably comes to those with the temerity to be alive and kicking.Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bonsdepicts a special slice of American life, of stay-at-home days and new careers, children and grandchildren, bold beginnings and second chances, in which the power of forgiveness, understanding, and the perfectly timed giggle fit is the CPR that mends broken hearts and shattered dreams. Once again Lorna Landvik leaves you laughing and crying, as she reveals perhaps the greatest truth: that there is nothing like the saving grace of best friends.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345438829
0345438825
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: viii, 404 p. ; 25 cm

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brenstuhr
Aug 18, 2015

Hilarious

WVMLStaffPicks Oct 26, 2014

A circle of neighbours in small-town Minnesota form a book club. They are an eclectic and engaging group of women who share lots of love, loss, laughter, and books over the years. Guaranteed to make you want to start a book club of your own!

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lindasilverstein
Sep 13, 2014

I request that you get this book on CD and send it to the Hampton, Oak Hill branch.I'd like to have a hold on it then. My name is Linda Silverstein
Library # is 1000092418879

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Clio33
Aug 22, 2013

This was a light read for me, thoroughly enjoyable as you follow the lives of 5 very different women who form a very close friendship. I also tend to enjoy books about book clubs.

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pardeep84
Mar 13, 2012

Sooo, another chosen read in a book club. And generally didnt like it because there wasn't much substance to keep me drawn in. The story covers time period from 60-90's where housewives of a neighborhood come together to form a book club and become long time friends in the process. I largely disliked it because it reminded me too much of the, Desperate Housewives, tv show- which I can't stand. Just went i some what got into the book, the ending hits you in the face! Definitely thumbs down.

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005534441
Jan 05, 2010

Laughed, cried, couldn't put it down, loved it.

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the4jarretts
Mar 27, 2009

Great read, especially if you are looking for a book to read for your book club.

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AdrienneC
Aug 16, 2005

Lorna Landvik has an amazing knack for writing about the friendships between women. In ANGRY HOUSEWIVES EATING BON-BONS she chronicles the lives of five women friends in Minnesota who establish a book club: beautiful Merit, oversexed Audrey, activist Slip, Dallas transplant Faith, and late-life adoptive mother Kari. Over thirty years we follow and share each woman''s experiences as the group members mature, bearing and raising children, experiencing marital ups and downs, reaching epiphanies... and meeting monthly to discuss books. The story takes place in the changing social context of midwest America between the late 1960s and the late 1990s. Landvik''s characters are immediately likable, and her talent for writing conversation shines particularly brightly in ANGRY HOUSEWIVES.

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