Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman by Elizabeth Buchan

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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).


 

About Elizabeth Buchan

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ELIZABETH BUCHAN's novels include the bestselling Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman, Everything She Thought She Wanted, and the prizewinning Consider the Lily. She also writes short stories and has contributed reviews to The Sunday Times, The Times, and The Daily Mail. Buchan lives with her family in London.
 
Published December 30, 2003 by Penguin Books. 368 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction, Romance, History. Fiction

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Her much loved cat dies, daughter Poppy e-mails from Thailand that’s she’s married hippie boyfriend Richard, and Nathan also wants their house for him and Minty.

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Readers will appreciate the way Rose gets through the grief with admirable zest—"For anyone's information, the healing quotient of getting without difficulty into a black lace body embroidered with tiny butterflies is high"—and discovers "If becoming older meant loss...

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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 o...

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Book Reporter

Elizabeth Buchan's book REVENGE OF THE MIDDLE-AGED WOMAN is about the destruction and ultimate resurrection of a single life.

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Forty-eight-year-old Rose Lloyd's pleasant life takes a nasty turn when her previously predictable husband, Nathan, leaves her for Minty, 29, previously Rose's friend.

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Variety

Similarly, Silver's script provides Rose with plenty of great dialogue in which to fight her supposedly losing battle At one point, a misguided acquaintance patronizingly tells Rose, "When a couple divorces, it's best to stay friends with the one you do business with.

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