Remember Me by Fay Weldon

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Madeleine wants to love, be remembered, —and take revenge

Abandoned by her husband, Jarvis, for a new wife and child, Madeleine is left alone with her troubled adolescent daughter, Hilary. By day, Madeleine tends (or doesn’t tend) to Hilary, who is growing more difficult by the hour. By night, she entertains dark fantasies about Jarvis’s second wife—Lily the Supplanter. And what of Margot, the doctor’s wife, who had a one-night stand with Jarvis many moons ago? All are ripe for their comeuppance as Madeleine, with malice aforethought, orchestrates her revenge. In Remember Me, Fay Weldon plumbs the depths of a fury that nothing, not even death, can stop. Compulsively readable, this is a novel that will be remembered for its wit, originality, and persistent humanity.

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Fay Weldon was born in Worcester, England, where her father was a physician and her mother a writer. She was educated at the University of St. Andrews, from which she received her M.A. in 1954. Six years later, she married Ronald Weldon. Weldon worked as a propaganda writer for the British Foreign Office and then as an advertising copywriter for various firms in London before making writing a full-time career. Since the mid-1960's she has written novels, short stories, and radio and television plays. The central subject of all Weldon's writing is the experience of women, especially their relationships with men. According to Weldon, "Women must ask themselves: What is it that will give me fulfillment? That's the serious question I'm attempting to answer." Despite her concern with women, Weldon has been criticized by some feminist groups for apparently presenting fictional women with very limited options. Weldon's style is marked by a careful attention to detail, vivid images, a sharp wit, and a wry sense of humor. Although most of her male characters are disagreeable, they are not the true villains of her novels. Her villains are, in fact, the traditional roles that men and women play. Weldon looks at women in many different circumstances - at work, at home, at play, in politics, and especially in love - and shows not only how they are manipulated by men, but also how they allow themselves to be manipulated. Recently, Weldon's novel The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (1983) has been made into a popular movie. It was formerly a successful television miniseries.
Published April 16, 2013 by Open Road. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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