Kathy Lette is a straight-shooting, big-hearted, Aussie ex-pat who goes straight for the throat and the funny-bone of the middle-aged woman in her novels, articles, and works for the screen. Like an Australian Nora Ephron, Lette makes her audience a bit uncomfortable, but her sympathy never fails.
In How to Kill Your Husband, a novel, Aussie Caroline Lee performs in a slow, simple manner as she tells the story of Jazz Jardine, who is in prison for killing her husband, and Jazz’s middle-aged friends’ attempts to secure her exoneration. The set-up, of course, is just the English muffin; the butter is the musing on family, love, and age. This would make a good gift to a friend who is - or should be - divorced.
Life should begin at 40, but not with life imprisonment for killing your spouse. Jazz, stay-at-home mum and domestic goddess; Hannah, childless career woman; and Cassie, demented working mother of two are three ordinary women. Their record collections are classical, not criminal. Cassie and Hannah set out immediately to prove their best friend's innocence, uncovering betrayal, adultery, plot twists, thinner thighs and toy boys aplenty en route. But will their friendship survive these ever darker revelations?
Sexy, funny, and wise, Kathy Lette's irresistible new novel is about women not Having It All but Doing It All. It's about how today's mother is often a married lone parent. It's about the fact that no woman has ever shot her husband while he was vacuuming. This is Kathy Lette at her brilliant best, casting her trademark caustic eye on what goes on in the bedrooms and kitchens of ordinary married couples. A novel that will strike a cord with married women everywhere and ensure that, from now on, they all read the small print on their marriage licences.
©2006 Kathy Lette; (P)2007 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
I am in my late twenties, a commuter, a romantic, & am loving life.
An American woman would never stay with a husband who treated her so badly... but hey, maybe women in other countries put up with more crap than we American women do. I found myself outraged at the male characters in this book... and outraged that the women put up with it! It was a great read, though - lots of surprises, some very very funny parts, parts that made me feel terribly embarrassed for the main character, and even a few parts that made me cry. Beware, though - this is not a book for the faint-of-heart... it has some crude words and phrases. Very enjoyable, overall. I'll be reading more of Kathy Lette.
Caroline Lee did a fantastic job, as always. I love her narration.
"Absolutely hideous on so many levels"
I vaguely remember reading a Kathy Lette book in my teens and I had a recollection of it being quite funny. So either teenage me was very easily pleased or Lette's writing has slipped but this is painful to listen to; I'm now allergic to similes after I assume the author was trying to win a bet as to how many awful ones she could fit into a sentence and still get it past her editor. Lame storyline, unlikeable characters and I only stuck with as I assumed (wrongly) that it might get better.
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