A whole neighborhood of strong heroines
Freesia Court suburb of Minneapolis. These ladies form the "Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons"
book club in 1968 during a night of power-outages, impromptu snowball
fights, and candle-lit cocktails. Loosely organized around the
club’s monthly book selections, readers follow the five women (Audrey,
Faith, Slip, Merit, and Kari), and their families, through four decades.
All beautiful in their own ways, the women struggle
their personal issues of self-acceptance in the face of life’s
Audrey, our voluptuous Angry Housewife, loves her body and her
topic for discussion is sex. It’s her husband who suggests she’d
better if she lost a little weight, and others who have trouble
her physical confidence in heels and miniskirts.
“I feel fine about myself,” said Audrey, piling her thick dark hair on
of her head and posing like a pinup model. She liked her curvy body,
seat, and full breasts. “And fine about my body.”
For Slip, Audrey’s best friend, not having curves, or even looking
was always a problem. Merit, the sweetest and quietest of the
could win any beauty contest, hands-down, but struggles against her
husband’s efforts to squelch her every attempt at independence or
creativity. Faith, the talented Southern belle with a knack for
not all she seems, and feels the pressure of always keeping a lid on
past. And finally, Kari, a widow who has wanted nothing more normal
child to love, is the doting “Aunt” to every kid in her own family and
worked for me:
I love getting into the minds of strong women,
our what they think about things that we all may encounter in our
This book offers five friends that offer their perspectives on just
anything that could happen to a person. Acceptance of one’s self and
others, with some constructive forgiveness are the morals to every
The book also deals with the concept of parenthood, and, at age 27, I’m
currently suffering through “baby fever” while my husband and I discuss
timeline for starting a human family (beyond the 2 cats and 2 dogs that
our children now).
Size-wise, as noted a bove,
there was a wide range of body shapes and sizes represented.
What didn't work for me:
The first- and
third-person points of view change with each chapter which makes the narrative style
feel a bit jumpy, and it is
disappointing to be forced to leave a character at the end of a
course, a positive ending is predictable, but that’s what you usually
from a warm and fuzzy story like this.
This novel is a solidly written, feel-good read. Despite multiple
narrators and plot threads, it is a straightforward story about a group of
women and their lessons learned.
Warning: Be aware that Audrey’s love of sex translates into
allusions to intercourse and vocabulary words that my grandmother would
pretend she’s never heard. Stories of a Vietnam War soldier’s
experience are graphic and will disturb, unless you have no soul.
The Angry Housewives also tackle the sensitive issues of homosexual
acceptance and spousal
If you liked "Angry Housewives Eating Bonbons", you might also enjoy
"Love at Large",
Graces", "Tara Road",
"The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood", "Revenge
of the Middle-Aged Woman", and
Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café".
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