Angry housewives eating bon bons by lorna landvik

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Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik

The women of Freesia Court are convinced that there is nothing good coffee, delectable desserts, and a strong shoulder can’t fix. Laughter is the glue that holds them together—the foundation of a book group they call AHEB (Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons), an unofficial “club” that becomes much more. It becomes a lifeline. Holding on through forty eventful years, there’s Faith, a lonely mother of twins who harbors a terrible secret that has condemned her to living a lie; big, beautiful Audrey, the resident sex queen who knows that with good posture and an attitude you can get away with anything; Merit, the shy doctor’s wife with the face of an angel and the private hell of an abusive husband; Kari, a wise woman with a wonderful laugh who knows the greatest gifts appear after life’s fiercest storms; and finally, Slip, a tiny spitfire of a woman who isn’t afraid to look trouble straight in the eye.

This stalwart group of friends depicts a special slice of American life, of stay-at-home days and new careers, of children and grandchildren, of bold beginnings and second chances, in which the power of forgiveness, understanding, and the perfectly timed giggle fit is the CPR that mends broken hearts and shattered dreams.
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When Faith Owens's husband is transferred from Texas to the "stupid godforsaken frozen tundra" of Freesia Court, Minn. These dervishes turn out to be her neighbors: antiwar activist Slip; sexpot Audrey; painfully shy Merit; and widow Kari. They become fast friends and decide to escape their humdrum routine by starting the Freesia Court Book Club, later given the eponymous name by one of their disgruntled husbands. As the years pass, Audrey and Merit get divorced, Kari adopts her niece's illegitimate baby, all five of the women find work outside their homes and they even smoke a joint together. Their personal dramas are regularly punctuated by reflections on political milestones "First Martin Luther King, Jr. As if we didn't have enough to worry about with this stupid war

Lorna Landvik's Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons is about book clubs -- the camaraderie, the friendships and the lifelong bond created among members. The books are a backdrop to the story and the book club intended for book discussions, eating, wining and conversing is fun, but the stories of the five women are what make the story so heartwarming, uplifting and inspiring. Book clubs mean different things to different people, but for the women on the suburban street of Freesia Court in small-town Minnesota in the 60's, their book club is a lifeline. Faith, a woman who hides her shameful past behind her life as a suburban housewife and a mother of twins, puts it best: "…when I finally got smart enough to go to a therapist, she asked me how I had held things together all these years. I belong to a book club.

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The New York Times bestseller- a thoroughly engaging chronicle of friendship and the substantive place it holds in women's lives. Sometimes life is like a bad waiter- it serves you exactly what you don't want. The women of Freesia Court have come together at life's table, fully convinced that there is nothing that good coffee, delectable desserts and a strong shoulder can't fix. Laughter is the glue that holds them together- the foundation of a book group they call AHEB Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons - an unofficial club that becomes a lifeline. The five women each have a story to tell. There's Faith, the newcomer, a housewife and mother who harbours a terrible secret; big, beautiful Audrey, the resident sex queen who knows that with good posture and attitude you can get away with anything; Merit, the shy doctor's wife with the face of an angel and the private hell of an abusive husband; Kari, a wise woman with a wonderful laugh who knows that the greatest gifts appear after life's fiercest storms; and finally, Slip, activist and adventurer, a tiny spitfire who looks trouble straight in the eye and challenges it to arm wrestle. Holding on through forty eventful years- through the swinging Sixties, the turbulent Seventies, the anything- goes Eighties, the nothing's- impossible Nineties, to the present day- they take the plunge into the chaos that inevitably comes to those with the temerity to stay alive and kicking.

Forced outdoors by cabin fever during a spring snowstorm, five suburban women plunge into a spontaneous evening snowball fight. When they come inside later to warm up, a remarkable set of friendships is launched one that will span 30 years and three tumultuous decades of social change. The book club is not-so-lovingly renamed Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Merit's husband, who is jealous of her friendship with the other women. From the spring of through the fall of , the book club members read selections as eclectic as the women themselves from Soul on Ice to Middlemarch to Stephen King's The Stand. Living through the era of the Vietnam war, the protest movement and women's liberation, the five friends take on such problems as domestic violence, infidelity, homophobia and empty nests, bolstered by the restorative powers of friendship. Landvik looks back at the childhood experiences of the book club members and follows along as they raise children of their own from the annual neighborhood circus through college acceptances and careers, all accompanied by a host of maternal fears and worry. So convincing are the details that readers will try to guess what Audrey might wear to book club meetings and predict what Slip will think of the books.

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