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The Resource Revenge of the middle-aged woman, by Elizabeth Buchan

Revenge of the middle-aged woman, by Elizabeth Buchan

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Revenge of the middle-aged woman
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Revenge of the middle-aged woman
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by Elizabeth Buchan
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eng
Summary
When her twenty-five-year-old marriage and her career both fall apart over the course of mere days, Rose Lloyd finds herself in mourning for the tenderness of a lost partnership, for a shattered domestic life, and for the lost confidence of a woman who, until now, had made her own way. Can Rose, whose anguish is barely softened by the ministrations of friends and grown children with their own problems, ever start over? Not easily. But it's amazing what prolonged reflection, the slimming effect of a lost appetite, a new slant on independence (and a little Parisian lingerie) will do. Epecially when an old flame suddenly reappears
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  • Best-selling British novelist Buchan is hailed as a master of contemporary “traditional” romance fiction, but her latest sensitive, satisfying tale is a most untraditional exploration of the landscapes of love and grief that refrains from shortcuts and cliches. Londoner Rose Lloyd is left with an empty house and a broken heart when her husband of 25 years leaves her for her young assistant, who helps herself to Rose’s job as well. The devastated Rose manages to be an insightful, funny narrator, and her process of picking up the pieces and reexamining her past decisions and relationships, all the while tending to her almost-grown children and aging mother, is believable and inspiring. She does eventually get her revenge, but not in the sitcom-tidy, vindictive way that the unfortunate title would suggest. A must-read for Elizabeth Berg fans and anyone looking for a new perspective on love and starting over. (Reviewed January 1, 2003) -- Carrie Bissey
  • /* Starred Review */ Living wisely is the best revenge for a London book review editor who loses both husband and job to her conniving assistant in this sophisticated and satisfying novel. Rose Lloyd is in her late 40s and has been happily married for 25 years when Minty, her "glossy free-ranging" young assistant, brusquely shoulders her aside. Husband Nathan, who is a deputy editor at the same newspaper, is decent and remorseful, but determined to start a new life, and Rose must pick up the pieces—which she does with commendable energy and resolve. Sidestepping the conventional wife-gets-even plot, Buchan opts for a more believable examination of one intelligent woman's midlife coming-of-age. With wry insight, Rose reflects on her affair with former lover Hal, a roving travel author, and her later happy life with Nathan and their children, Poppy and Sam, who are now embarking on their own marital journeys. Readers will appreciate the way Rose gets through the grief with admirable zest—"For anyone's information, the healing quotient of getting without difficulty into a black lace body embroidered with tiny butterflies is high"—and discovers "If becoming older meant loss... then it also gave back something unexpected." (Feb. 10) Forecast: I Don't Know How She Does It. The sour-sounding title won't help, but Buchan's story is anything but bitter and should generate excellent word of mouth. Five-city author tour. --Staff (Reviewed December 23, 2002) (Publishers Weekly, vol 249, issue 51, p46)
  • Happy for 25 years, Rose watches aghast as both her career and her marriage suddenly go down the drain. A best seller in England that's slated for the post–Bridget Jones crowd. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed October 15, 2002) (Library Journal, vol 127, issue 17, p56)
  • Britisher Buchan's US debut, the story of a middle-aged wife who, when her life and marriage fall apart, manages to fight back, move on, even hope for something better.Rose Lloyd, book editor for a London paper, is happily married to Nathan, an executive on the paper, and the mother of two adult children, Sam and Poppy. Her life is probably as good as it gets, and though Rose isn't complacent, she is certainly unprepared for the betrayals about to implode her life. Nathan announces he's leaving and moving in with her trusted assistant, the younger and sexy Minty. Reeling, she learns next that she's to be replaced as editor by Minty because her boss wants someone younger, with new ideas, running the book section. Her woes mount as she hears that her mother needs surgery and Nathan is no longer paying her medical insurance. Her much loved cat dies, daughter Poppy e-mails from Thailand that's she's married hippie boyfriend Richard, and Nathan also wants their house for him and Minty. A bitter blow, because Rose has loved fixing it up and making a beautiful garden. At first she weeps, wonders where she went wrong, can't eat, drinks too much. But then she begins to fight back. She visits a college friend in Paris who makes her buy some sexy clothes, is given some interesting jobs, is befriended by a Cabinet Minister who's been hurt by a scandal caused by his mentally ill wife, and meets up again with her first love, American Rhodes scholar Hal Thorne, now a famous travel writer. As she recalls how she met and parted from Hal, she learns that Nathan is finding life with Minty more complicated than he'd expected and that he misses his family. With her children making interesting changes in their lives, Rose is ready for a few herself.A wry and elegant tale about a woman of a certain age fighting back and winning unexpected victories. (Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2002)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
070997
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Buchan, Elizabeth
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no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • Middle-aged women
  • Life change events
  • Married women
  • Adultery
  • England
Target audience
adult
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Revenge of the middle-aged woman, by Elizabeth Buchan
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rdacarrier.
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Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
341 pages
Isbn
9780670032068
Isbn Type
(alkaline paper)
Lccn
2002074060
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unmediated
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rdamedia.
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  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)50205734
  • (OCoLC)ocm50205734
  • 4096-57360
  • 1422441
Label
Revenge of the middle-aged woman, by Elizabeth Buchan
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
341 pages
Isbn
9780670032068
Isbn Type
(alkaline paper)
Lccn
2002074060
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)50205734
  • (OCoLC)ocm50205734
  • 4096-57360
  • 1422441

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