Revenge of the Middle-aged Woman

Revenge of the Middle-aged Woman

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For twenty-five years, Rose Lloyd has juggled marriage, motherhood, and career with remarkable success. It has been a life of family picnics, books and wine, a cherished house, and her own exquisitely designed garden--sunny and comfortable. But then the carefully managed life to which Rose has become accustomed comes crashing down around her when--over the course of a few days--her marriage and her career both fall apart.

Can Rose, whose anguish is barely softened by the ministrations of friends and grown children with their own problems, ever start over? Not easily. But it's amazing what prolonged reflection, the slimming effect of a lost appetite, a new slant on independence (and a little Parisian lingerie) will do. Especially when an old flame suddenly reappears.

Full of humor, clever insight, and a whimsical sense of the absurd, Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman is an irresistible and finely written fantasy for anyone who ever wondered what a certain age would look like from beyond the looking-glass-and who will find it ripe with promise that the best days are yet to come.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2003
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780670032068
Characteristics: 341 pages ; 22 cm


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Jul 25, 2016

Mixed feelings about this book. The first half was so raw with emotion, and the second with her moving on. It was a little too close to home.

Mar 01, 2016

Good title and good plot. Terrible presentation. Flashback 10 years, flashback 2 years, flashback 6 weeks, etc. Constant flashbacks: here, there, everywhere. The story is getting good and suddenly, without warning you are in another time and place.

ser_library Feb 11, 2016

the beginning is cleverly written and interesting but then it dragged; set in Paris and London there are some interesting descriptions but i skimmed the 2nd half

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 05, 2015

The old Spanish proverb that introduces this novel-- Living well is the best revenge—is a necessary reassurance that all will be well eventually with Rose Lloyd. We come to know her personally through flashbacks to her childhood and first love affair that are interwoven with the narrative of her present life as a busy book editor and conscientious and loving wife and mother. When her husband Nathan leaves her for a younger woman who eventually takes her job as well, Rose’s anguish is heart-wrenchingly portrayed. The tables slowly turn and as Rose gains in confidence, we can almost feel sorry for Nathan as he comes to realise the value of the pattern of life that he has so unthinkingly destroyed. Women ‘of a certain age’ will appreciate the denouement of this novel—younger readers may feel that their generation is unsympathetically portrayed.

Jan 21, 2010

Very enjoyable audiobook about Rose, happily married for 25 years to Nathan, and then he leaves her for Rose's assistant and "friend" who also takes over her job and her house. Rose learns that living well is the best revenge. Set in London, this novel is well-written, thoughtful and often amusing.


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