Mid-life crises femmes, here is the book for you!
What Helen Fielding's "Bridget Jones' Diary" is for the "Sex and the City" generation, "Perfect Meringues" is for the next set of aging birds.
I just can't think of a cleverer read than this one by Laurie Graham.
And there is a trick to meringue, you know?
The TV cookery specialist protagonist, Lizzie Partridge, 40-something, the unsuspecting erstwhile perfect mom and ex-wife, is soon to get her comeuppance from the "back stabbing" and super catty world of television broadcasting in which she makes her livelihood, "Midlands This Morning".
There is poignancy in her discoveries in her life as an ex-wife, and the sometimes "out of it" mum of a transitional teen daughter, as she copes with the absentee glory of her ex and his new YOUNG love.
But most of all, there is a marvelous spirit and joy as she struggles through being a part of the sandwich generation pulled between her own mum, her daughter, and her own desires to feel acceptable to the opposite sex.
Her trials with dating services are a HOOT! And her eventual survival over all, a normal inspiration.
Also, just perfect is her precious friendship with the gay psychic, Louie, who has a featured segment on the same morning TV show.
If you like British humor, you can almost visualize this book translated to TV for a BBC America import. Highly recommend this fun and funny read!