Separate Beds by Elizabeth Buchan
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A story of economic breakdown and romantic recovery from the author of Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman.

Tom and Annie's kids have grown up, the mortgage is do-able, and they're about to get a gorgeous new, state-of-the-art French stove. Life is good- or so it seems. Beneath the veneer of professional success and domestic security, their marriage is crumbling, eaten away by years of resentment, loneliness, and the fall out from the estrangement of their daughter, and they've settled into simply being two strangers living under the same roof.

Until the economy falls apart.

Suddenly the dull but oddly comfortable predictability of their lives is upended by financial calamity-Tom loses his job, their son returns home, and Tom's mother moves in with them. As their world shrinks, Tom and Annie are forced closer together, and the chaos around them threatens to sweep away their bitterness and frustration, refreshing and possibly restoring the love that had been lying beneath all along.

In Separate Beds, Elizabeth Buchan has captured the concerns and joys of contemporary women, and her timely, warm, and funny novel tracks the ebb and flow of family, fortune, and love that is familiar to so many readers.

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 January 20, 2011 by Viking. 390 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Dormant sexual tensions waken between saintly Annie and sympathetic Tom despite long-simmering resentments, mostly surrounding Mia’s estrangement from the family (another plot point lacking credibility: The original argument seems rather mild and one wonders why no one has checked for Mia on Face...

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Publishers Weekly

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This good-natured, misguided family stumbles haplessly toward a breaking point when Tom loses his job, and Jake, baby Maisie, and Tom's mum, Hermione, all move in.

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The Washington Times

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The bereavement and adjustment that follow such losses are the subject of Elizabeth Buchan’s novel about the Nicholson family: “Separate Beds.” The Nicholsons are affluent London professionals, so when the BBC fires Tom shortly before the stock-market cataclysm, the family never faces any serious...

Feb 25 2011 | Read Full Review of Separate Beds: A Novel

Book Reporter

Crisis piles on crisis: Jake's wife leaves him, and his business is doing so poorly that he and his infant daughter move in with Annie and Tom.

Mar 28 2011 | Read Full Review of Separate Beds: A Novel

The Bookbag

Tom and Annie's son Jake returns home with his daughter Maisie when his marriage breaks down and when Tom's elderly mother moves in with them the house is overflowing with four generations of the same family.

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The Daily Beast

Mark Malloch-Brown’s The Unfinished Global Revolution proposes a global government reform for the 21st century, one which shifts focus away from terrorism and Iraq and zooms in on climate change and poverty.

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I bet you will find something that will interest you 5 stars for a cleverly devised mystery set in PDX a must read for the tween reader in your family “Seizing a breathing space, Annie sat down at the kitchen table to catch up with t...

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Monsters and Critics

Suddenly, the acquisition of a state-of-the-art new stove isn’t quite as exciting when the house fills with unexpected residents forcing Annie and Tom to come to terms with their own disintegrating marriage.

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