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Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman: A Novel [Paperback]

Elizabeth Buchan
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Book Description

Jan. 1 2004

Get ready to cheer for Rose Lloyd, a woman of young middle-age who proves that starting over doesn’t have an age limit. After twenty-five years spent juggling husband, career, and kids with admirable success, Rose suddenly finds both her marriage and her career in unexpected ruin. Forced to begin a new life, she is at first terrified, then energized, by her newfound freedom—it’s amazing what prolonged reflection, a little weight loss, a new slant on independence, and some Parisian lingerie will do for the psyche! Witty, insightful, and emotionally resonant, Buchan’s novel will strike a chord with anyone who has ever wondered what Middle Age would look like from the other side of the looking glass (answer: much better than you could ever expect).

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From Publishers Weekly

Buchan's latest novel finds the carefully managed life of 48-year-old Rose Lloyd, a successful book review editor, turned upside down. First, her husband of 25 years announces he's leaving Rose for her own sexy assistant. Next, insult is added to injury: Rose is fired from her job and replaced by none other than the woman who broke up her marriage. Buchan lends a compelling emotional depth to her main characters, seamlessly merging Rose's struggle to rise above the betrayal, shock and fear of middle-aged "invisibility" with flashbacks to her youth, recollections of her first love to a now famed travel writer, memories of family vacations and her grown kids' childhood. With extensive stage and theater work to her credit, and incorporating myriad voices to the diverse cast, Gilpin makes the book's transition to a 10-hour unabridged audio format exceptionally smooth. Narrating mostly in a proper British accent, which perfectly suits Rose's "delight in domesticity" and enhances the book's dry, slightly askew sense of humor, Gilpin also captures the outrage of Rose's son and daughter (both of whom have their own relationship issues), the American drawl of her old flame (who makes an unexpected return), the grumpy rumblings of an elderly neighbor she cares for and the feisty opinions of her mother, making for a good production listeners will enjoy.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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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.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Revenge in a mature way Feb. 15 2011
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Little slow in the beginning didn't think I would like it but as I read on I found myself feeling for Rose. A very mature way to revenge on being cheated don't need to do anything but live your best life and life will reward you. Great lesson.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best revenge! Feb. 4 2004
This is a truly well written, pithy tale about a women in the middle of her life (looking both forward and back). While many may not appreciate the subtleties of the main character, Rose's, victory in the end - the fact that she chose to pull herself together and examine her life rather than vindictively striking out at her departing husband was wholly satisfying to me. We all know the impulse to go balistic, rather than to go with the flow of life, and that sort of book would have relegated Rose's story to just another tired tale of a woman scorned. This is one of the best books I've come across in the past few years, and I enjoyed it completely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOOKING IN THE MIRROR . . . Oct. 19 2002
By A Customer
Seldom fiction makes me feel better about myself, yet E. Buchan always does. Her writing is contemporary yet no-nonsense. REVENGE OF THE MIDDLE-AGED WOMAN follows our heroine through drastic lifestyle and philosophical changes. Not once did I doubt her middle-aged convictions and strangely found all the challenges comforting. This book was better than a mid-winter holiday for my head and my heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hooray for the middle-aged woman June 21 2004
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This is a wonderfully reassuring book for any us who think life is over when our husband decides we are old and tired. It's the story of what happens to many of us when a marriage, especially a long time one, suddenly ends. Unless you've lived through this type of heartbreak you may not understand why Rose did the things she did. Many think because she didn't rant, rave and throw things, or worse, she's a wimp. Not so, she handled these extraordinarily painful events as a mature intelligent woman rather than as screaming fool. After she fell apart, she found her strength from within, from her children and with the help of loving friends. It would have been so much easier to go back to the old job and unfaithful husband, or would it. Could she ever really go back physically or emotionally? She moved on from the frequently steriotypical middle-aged husband who thought the grass was greener in a newer, younger place. Living well is the best revenge!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It sneaks up on you June 18 2004
When the box of books was left at my office, I grabbed this one for a quick light hearted read that I thought would pass for a few hours of relaxation after dinner.
Instead I did what I normally haven't done in years.
I read it straight through until the next morning.
Elizabeth Buchan is a superb storyteller whose main character Rose, sneaks up on you and grabs your heart.
I laughed, I cried and I absolutely could not put this book down.
If you are looking for a fluff beach read about a stereotypical woman in the throes of middle age, this book is not for you. If you are looking for a magnificently told tale that probably resonates with more reality than most women over 40 can stand to think of, get this book, a huge bowl of ice cream and laugh and cry along with Rose, in one of the best characterizations I have seen in a long time.If there is a better book out there with this theme? I haven't seen it.
Rebekah Cochran- Author- Echoes Of A Silent River
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4.0 out of 5 stars Living Well is the Best Revenge May 25 2004
Rose Lloyd, a 40-something London newspaper book reviewer, is simultaneously dumped by her husband of 25 years and has her job taken by his mistress, who also happens to be Rose's 29 year-old assistant (with the execrable name of Minty). I expected from the title that there would be some sort of revenge ala The First Wives Club, but no. Rose's revenge is more like validation, when her erring husband's new relationship is not all wine and roses. The way Rose is so wrapped up in her garden and many unfamiliar British slang words may be off-putting for American readers. I also thought the beginning was slow, it seemed like a long setup before the action started, but overall a pretty good read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointing read May 22 2004
My book club chose this book because of it's interesting title. What a disappointment. I only kept reading after the first hour because I just knew that eventually SOMETHING would happen. It never did. Don't waste your time on this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What did you expect? May 21 2004
By A Customer
It seems that many reviewers were expecting the revenge to come in the form of a bloody knife or a runaway car or burned down house, or something else equally nefarious. Isn't the best revenge surviving, and doing it with some style? The main character is Rose, who has her very lifed turned upside down when her husband leaves her for the much younger woman, and is then fired and replaced by the same much younger woman. Rose looks at her life and all the things aquired and lost during her marriage and has to rebuild herself. No, Rose does not let the air out of her rivals tires, but she picks up the pieces (with the help of some french undies) and remakes herself into who she wants to be. Leave the unrealistic adventure at the door, and curl up with this inspiring, and extremely satisfying read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even my husband enjoyed it!
This is not a typical "woman's book". The story is so true to life everyone in our book club knew someone it has happened to. Read more
Published on June 28 2004 by Whale Lady
1.0 out of 5 stars yuck
Our book club picked this book but I could hardly finish it. Several people had not even bothered to finish. The review we had seen made it sound great. Read more
Published on May 16 2004 by Melanie casey Crovo
3.0 out of 5 stars Yoo-Hoo!! Revenge, Where Are You??
Come out! Come out! Where ever you are! Is this hint subtle enough? After finishing this book, I'm still looking around trying to find the *revenge* that the title speaks of. Read more
Published on May 10 2004 by "bookchickadee"
4.0 out of 5 stars Living Well is the Best Revenge
I bought Revenge of the Middle Aged Woman by Elizabeth Buchan for its catchy title. As I turned the pages, I found the book to be more sweet than tart, but that sweetness grew on... Read more
Published on May 6 2004 by Kay Porterfield
2.0 out of 5 stars What a depressing book.
I kept waiting for the "revenge" part but it never came. The main character was a wimp who let her husband and his mistress walk all over her. Read more
Published on April 30 2004 by Wonkita
5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiring Example To Learn From. 10 Stars!
Elizabeth Buchan brings us an inspiring and all-too-real story of Rose Lloyd, who seemed to have it all, and then lost nearly everything but her inner resolve to rise rather than... Read more
Published on April 30 2004 by Barbara Rose
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!!!
This is the first time I've read Buchan, and I'm happy to say I really enjoyed her newest effort. Rose Lloyd is the typical married woman who has it all, only to watch as it all... Read more
Published on April 26 2004 by Katrina
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