Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik

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From her sensational sleeper hit Patty Jane’s House of Curl to her heartwarming novel Welcome to the Great Mysterious, Lorna Landvik has won the hearts of readers everywhere by skillfully balancing hilarity with pathos, and bittersweet insights with heartwarming truths. Now she returns to her beloved, eccentric stomping ground of small-town Minnesota where the most eclectic, and engaging group of women you’ll ever meet share love, loss, and laughter.

Sometimes life is like a bad waiter—it serves you exactly what you don’t want. The women of Freesia Court have come together at life’s table, fully convinced that there is nothing good coffee, delectable desserts, and a strong shoulder can’t fix. Laughter is the glue that holds them together—the foundation of a book group they call AWEB—Angry Wives Eating Bon Bons—an unofficial “club” that becomes much more. It becomes a lifeline.

The five women each have a story of their own to tell. There’s Faith, the newcomer, a lonely housewife and mother of twins, a woman who harbors a terrible secret that has condemned her to living a lie; big, beautiful Audrey, the resident sex queen who knows that good posture and an attitude can let you get away with anything; Merit, the shy, quiet doctor’s wife with the face of an angel and the private hell of an abusive husband; Kari, a thoughtful, wise woman with a wonderful laugh as “deep as Santa Claus’s with a cold” who knows the greatest gifts appear after life’s fiercest storms; and finally, Slip, activist, adventurer, social changer, a tiny, spitfire of a woman who looks trouble straight in the eye and challenges it to arm wrestle.

Holding on through forty eventful years—through the swinging Sixties, the turbulent Seventies, the anything-goes Eighties, the nothing’s-impossible Nineties—the women will take the plunge into the chaos that inevitably comes to those with the temerity to be alive and kicking. Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons depicts a special slice of American life, of stay-at-home days and new careers, children and grandchildren, bold beginnings and second chances, in which the power of forgiveness, understanding, and the perfectly timed giggle fit is the CPR that mends broken hearts and shattered dreams.

Once again Lorna Landvik leaves you laughing and crying, as she reveals perhaps the greatest truth: that there is nothing like the saving grace of best friends.

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About Lorna Landvik

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Lorna Landvik is the bestselling author of Patty Jane's House of Curl, Your Oasis on Flame Lake, The Tall Pine Polka, and Welcome to the Great Mysterious. She is also an actor, playwright, and proud hockey mom.From the Hardcover edition.
Published February 3, 2004 by Ballantine Books. 448 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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But love and laughter—and friends and family—carried them through the chaotic years that changed a nation in so many ways .

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When Faith Owens's husband is transferred from Texas to the "stupid godforsaken frozen tundra" of Freesia Court, Minn., in 1968, her life looks like it's going to be one dull, snowy slog—until the power goes out one evening and a group of what appear to be madwomen start a snowball fight in her b...

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If you live in Minnesota and don't belong to at least one book club, there's a good chance you'll be deported to Iowa.

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It is a fun, engaging read that any women with a close group of friends will love.ProsAngry Housewives has characters you would want as friends.The storylines weave well, keeping a fast pace without sacrificing depth.Angry Housewives is written in a unique style.It will make you thankful for your...

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Remember long ago when neighborhoods were lively places where everyone knew each other, knew each other's kids, and knew a little of each other's business?

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What stay-at-home mom wouldn't want to live in a subdivision where the neighbors are her best friends, always ready to lend a sympathetic ear or show up with a gun to threaten an abusive husband?

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Although it is about friends who form book discussion group, and Landvik does give some of the titles and how they "houswives" create themes around some of the books for each meeting, it is not about books.

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