Les is sick of her life. Years ago they moved to Atlanta for Wes and his business. Now the kids are grown, but still dependent. His friends have traded in for newer models. Les misses her old friends one died and the other is divorced. Wes acts like she’s a servant and that he’s doing her a favor.
Les longs for the life she doesn’t have and wonders what happened to her dreams. The catalyst for change is her accident in Edinburgh. While there Les falls into a manhole and breaks her arm. Sadly, Wes and their companions, Wes’s best friend and his new trophy wife Cornelia, don’t notice she’s missing until they get back to the hotel.
APPEAL: The story is told by Les and Wes in alternating chapters. You will root for Les and want to clobber Wes. This book has a lot more humor than expected from this author. Dorothea Benton Frank writes about South Carolina and the low country. In this book she adds some facts about Charleston writer Jo Pinckney. All in all it’s very enjoyable. One of her best.
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marriage, South Carolina, Charleston
Elizabeth Buchan's Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman
DATE/STAFF: 8/13/2013 / AP