Posts tagged with "Contemporary Women's Fiction"
Listening to Bridget Jones Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding is like a visit from a completely irrational, but insanely hilarious old friend. In some ways, Bridget is the same Bridge we met almost 20 years ago------ drinking too many units of wine and clueless about the dating world, but with the added stresses of understanding Twitter, adjusting to being a single mum to two young kids, and dealing with the death of her husband, the much loved Mark Darcy.
The audio is read by Samantha Bond, perhaps better known as Rosamund Painswick of Downton Abbey. As I listened, I could picture Bridget obsessively checking for new “twitterati” and the complete chaos of her home. She has much needed support from her friends, Tom, Jude, Talitha, and Daniel Cleaver. Bond does wonderful voices of all the characters, especially 6-year-old Mabel (lisp included) and 30-year-old boy toy, Roxster. Bond's ability to capture Bridget’s hurt and loneliness at losing her husband made me tear up, but in true Bridget style I was laughing again by the next diary entry. As a Bridget Jones fan I really enjoyed this book and revisiting her life 20 years later. It was comforting to see Bridget is the same neurotic, obsessive, lovable woman we met so long ago. The audio was so much fun to listen to and I enjoyed every bit of it.
Will was a wealthy and successful businessman who climbed mountains and parachuted out of airplanes in his spare time, that is until he was struck by a motorcycle which left him paraplegic. Lou was a quirky British lass who had just lost her job at the local coffee shop, but had no plans for herself other than to live at home and watch TV with her parents, that is until Will's mother hired her to be his caregiver and companion. In spite of Will's acerbic tongue and mood swings, Lou refused to treat him with kid gloves. Upon the realization that he had attempted to take his own life, Lou sets about a plan to show Will that life is worth living. The result is an unexpected love affair with a heartbreaking ending. An ending that is hopeful and thought-provoking, not at all schmaltzy or predictable.
I can't remember the last book I read that had me laughing out loud on one page and crying on the next. Me Before You is that rare book that takes you through so many emotions, but effortlessly and flawlessly. It's a book that teaches you that it's never too late to start living.
As the holiday season is upon us and the hustle and bustle of life ramps up, I decided I wanted something light and heartwarming to read. I love a good literary challenge, but what I really needed was a book that would let me escape the chaos. Lorna Landvik's Welcome to the Great Mysterious is the perfect book to curl up with and relax.
Geneva Jordan is a middle-aged self-centered Broadway star who has just been dumped by her boyfriend and is fast approaching menopause. Just then Geneva's twin sister Anne asks Geneva to come stay and babysit her teenage son while Anne and her husband take a much-needed vacation. Geneva grudgingly agrees and heads to Minnesota to babysit her 13 year old nephew, Rich, who has Down Syndrome. Rich and Geneva forge a relationship and learn about life and love together. Together they find an old scrapbook from Anne and Geneva's childhood, titled The Great Mysterious. The Great Mysterious scrapbook contains questions and answers from Anne and Geneva's teen years and explores the great mysteries of life such as finding true love, facing your fears, and the bond of family.
Where'd You Go Bernadette is an absolute riot and after I finished reading it, I was sad the book was over and I actually missed the characters. I found myself wishing that I could meet and hang out with Bernandette in real life (Am I the only strange person that feels this way when I read a good book?)
Bernadette Fox is a wife and mother living in Seattle who suffers from anxiety and agoraphobia and would be happy to never have to deal face-to-face with anyone ever again. But, life creeps in and Bernadette has to co-exist with the overachieving moms at her daughter's school and deal with a growing feud with her neighbor. The tension rises as Bernadette and her family plan a vacation to Antarctica and in the midst of everything Bernadette disappears. Her daughter, Bee looks into Bernadette's emails, letters and events in an attempt to reconstruct what happened and to find her mother.
Maria Semple's writing style is ingenious and the storey unfolds in a series of emails and letters that lead up to Bernadette's disappearance. I promise you will find yourself laughing out loud at this witty and satirical novel about the chaos of motherhood and life.