Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A marriage so real........hard to believe this is fiction

Anyone who has ever had hope in a marriage, or in marriage in general, will love this gem of a novel. In an exceptionally good year for novels [see my earlier posts on Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. The Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, and Three Wiessmans of Westport to understand] this one is a serious contender for best novel I've read this year. I just hope in the movie version they pick someone actually MIDDLE AGED to play Annie and not just a middle aged guy to play Tom.

The usual "sandwich" story--young adult kids, frail elderly mother, a grandchild and a dog. But with a few twists that I won't spoil. There's Mia. There's sweet Jake. There's Emily unexpectedly enjoying an unplanned career. In it too are Jacasta [funny how I heard this name always as Jack-A--ta] and go-her-own-way-ever-practical-Ruth. And, finally there is Hermoine and little Rollo and mysterious Max. But when Tom looses his lifetime career and Annie is left to pick up the pieces that the story begins. Gradually a very sweet love story develops. All members of the Nicholson family mature in the story and you leave the book with a well-earned warm glow.

Separate Beds by Elizabeth Buchan.

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