Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman: A Novel Paperback – Jan 1 2004
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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.
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"Wise and wonderful...Buchan celebrates the patience and wisdom that only
age can bring." —USA Today
“Bottom line: Get Revenge.” —People
“Revenge may be sweet, but Revenge is not, thank goodness.” —The Wall Street Journal
“What I like about this book is everything.” —Elizabeth Berg
Top Customer Reviews
After a hiatus of several years (at least in the U.S.), we now have the treat of "Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman," which concerns a well-to-do UK couple who both work for a prominent newspaper: he as a business manager, she as the head of the book review department. Nathan and Rose, a modern, undowdy couple, have been married many years, and are happily settled into middle age. They have two children in their twenties, an elderly cat, a beautiful garden (product of Rose's long obsession) and a house that has sheltered them throughout their lovely lives.
All is fine until Rose is blindsided by a sudden announcement: Nathan has somebody else and wants out. As a bewildered and devastated Rose faces that fact, she also learns in rapid succession that the other woman is someone she knows well-and that her own cherished job may be in as much danger as her marriage.
Rose's reaction to this upheaval in her life is predictable but different. So many hundreds of books have been written on this same subject that it is very hard to keep one's sympathy and attention. But Rose is not a whiner. And Rose is not a quitter. And above all, Rose, who is devastated but not broken, is a realist. How she copes with the blows that come her way is an inspiration to those of us who may have been in the same position, or who may be so in the future. At the very least, it's a good old-fashioned story for our times. At best, it's a wonderful model of how to be. No wonder this was a best-seller in Britain. It should be here as well.--Calyndula, Amazon Reviewer.
A self-help book published back in the 1970s around the time I went through a divorce suggested you give yourself two years to heal. Then you might be ready to involve yourself with some one new should you choose. I found it most true. I involved myself with some one six months after I separated from my "other" and it was a disaster. Next time I waited more than two years and it worked out much better. My daughter was widowed seven years ago and remarried last summer. Like the character Jamie Lee Curtis plays in 'Freaky Friday' I think it will work. The psyche needs time to heal and you are worth the wait.
Rose has good sense. She takes time to heal when her twenty-five year-old marriage ends because her husband goes off the tracks at age 51 and falls for a 28 year old woman who also happens to work for Rose!!Read more ›
Throughout the novel, Rose reflects on her life with Nathan and their two (now grown) children, Sam and Poppy, as she struggles to find a way to make sense of things. There is no actual act of revenge as the title would have you believe; it's rather more a case of "living well is the best revenge," as Rose finally pulls herself together and resolves to get on with life without Nathan. Conversely, as Rose becomes stronger, Nathan starts to crumble under the pressures of living with a driven younger woman. Thus, Rose does indeed get some form of revenge, but she is always quite gracious about it, even having a few civilized conversations with Minty throughout the book.
Buchan is really a lovely, literary novelist who writes with warmth and introspection, and this, in my opinion, makes "Revenge" stand out a bit from other Brit chick lit.
Most recent customer reviews
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 on... Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2011 by Louise Cooper
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 morePublished on June 28 2004 by Whale Lady
This is a wonderfully reassuring book for any us who think life is over when our husband decides we are old and tired. Read morePublished on June 21 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. Read morePublished on June 17 2004 by Rebekah Fawn Cochran
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... Read morePublished on May 25 2004 by Melissa McCauley
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... Read morePublished on May 21 2004 by Ida Heinen
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. Read morePublished on May 21 2004
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 morePublished on May 16 2004 by Melanie casey Crovo
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 morePublished on May 10 2004