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Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons
By Lorna Landvik

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Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons
By Lorna Landvik
Thorndike Press - Large Print Edition, (2003)
ISBN: 0-7862-5406-8
Genre: Fiction

Reviewed by Laura Hortz Stanton - August 24, 2006

I found the quirky title of this book somewhat off putting. With a title like Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons I was expecting to read a novel that was a light bit of fluff and to be underwhelmed to say the least. I'd heard good things abut Landvik's writing, so I tried to start the book with as much of an open mind as possible. Once I started to read, the characters and the story quickly enveloped me and my first impressions were a distant memory.

Slip, Audrey, Faith, Merit, and Kari are the main characters in this delightful novel. Each of these women has unique, individual personalities, but are joined together in an everlasting friendship through their book group, which they named Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons. The story opens in 1968 in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota, when the women are young wives and mothers. The book follows them for the next thirty years as they enjoy each others successes and are the support for one another during times of hardship or sorrow. The nature of their friendships develop and change over time, but one thing remains constant, their book group. Book discussions, and the amazing themed potluck meals that accompany them, bring the women together and are a time for them to express themselves away from their husbands and children.

Each of the chapters in the novel is told from the perspective of a different character. Slip is a small spitfire of a woman with a mop of blazing red hair, whose social activism is as important to her as her family. Audrey is the neighborhood sex kitten who, in some ways, defines herself by her provocative clothing and demeanor. Faith is a transplant to Minnesota from the South, who pours herself into trying to hide her less than perfect past from her family and friends. Merit, who is the true beauty of the group of women, is timid but an explanation for her behavior soon surfaces. Lastly, Kari is the oldest of the group, a childless widow whose calm personality and advice often hold the group together.

Angry Housewives Easting Bon Bons is a story of true friendship and love. The story will either leave you longing for a similar group of friends or reminding you of the true value and importance of the friends you have in your life.


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