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Underneath the fictional story, she also addressed what I suspect are some timeless truths of dealing with being widowed.
I recognized some of what she discussed from talks I had with my mother and she was widowed almost sixty years ago now. Having been involved in this discussion of #Bookgate today, made me particularly sensitive to what Carole said about writing and how she feels about it.
Claire’s life with Charlie is an always interesting if not deeply devoted one, until Charlie is struck dead one day on the sidewalk by a falling sculpture ... Once a promising young writer, Claire had buried her ambitions to make room for Charlie’s. Over the course of a year, she sees a shrink (or two), visits an oracle, hires a "botanomanist," enjoys an erotic interlude (or ten), eats too little, drinks too much, dates a hockey player, dates a billionaire, dates an actor (not any actor either, but the handsome movie star every woman in the world fantasizes about dating).
I am 32 (ish) and love classic movies and even I did not get most of the references she made to pop culture. I cannot believe the author thought she could write fiction and that this even got published. There are some very funny moments, but I don't think this is the "chick lit" book some have described it to be.
Although it is quite different in style and focus than "What Remains", it obviously covers some of the same ground.
There are some very funny moments, but I don't think this is the "chick lit" book some have described it to be.
There, those are all the nice things I have to say. This doesn't make her I really enjoy Carole on "The Real Housewives of NYC" and I absolutely loved her memoir. It made me wish I had something next to me to barf into when I was finished. A completely unsympathetic character's husband dies. She spends 100 pages not really caring about his death and deciding she didn't really love him for no real reason at all.
There, those are all the nice things I have to say. This doesn't make her relatable or human or flawed, it just makes her supremely selfish and unlikeable.