Boston - What happens to lovers after the happy-ever-after moment? What goes on behind the closed doors of a relationship once the commitment is made? What does romance turn into when the hands of time keep turning? Olive Oil and White Bread is a novel that dares to answer those questions.
Angie Righetti is the daughter of a sprawling but close-knit Italian American family. She's out and they're proud. Jillian Clark's family is the white bread to Angie's olive oil. Stoic and emotionally buttoned up, they don't want to think about Jillian's sexuality. It's 1988 when they move in together, on the brink of starting their careers. Like every couple at the start of their life together, they expect to live happily ever after. And for 23 years life happens: They change jobs, buy a house, get a dog, and deal with money issues and the death of a parent. They fight, love, cry, play, make mistakes, have regrets, and try to be good to each other and to everybody else. Like most of us they tumble into a routine that turns into a rut that leads to distraction and danger.
In 96 Hours, Georgia Beers gave herself the challenge of writing a romance set in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. And she succeeded, coming up with a book that garnered awards and great reviews. She returns with a new challenge - writing a romance that starts, rather than ends, with the happy-ever-after.
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I must admit that during the first chapters of these novel I was a little dissapointed as the story seemed trite and pretty formulaic, which I guess should not come as a total surprise for this genre. But after reading Ms. Beer's 96 hours, I have come to expect good writing and a deeper type of story-line from her.
The novel is divided in chapters that are told in chronological order and follow the relationship of Angie and Jillian, from its beginning when they moved together in 1988 thru the summer of 2011. So in a way, this is the anti-romantic novel that cares to ask the question, what happens when the honeymoon is over and a relationship falls into the day to day routine? Obviously most couples expect go live happy ever after, but we know that's not how things happen in real life.
For the most part of the book the author throws a few tidbits of pop-culture and well as of the politics of the day, to keep you aware of what's going on in the world but this is really keep to a minimum as it mostly follows the two main characters and how their personal lives and their relationship develops.
I should point out that the books goes a little deeper into two landmark events for the LGTB community in the Unites States and these are given special attention, one is the airing of The Ellen Degeneres show, more specifically the episode when Ellen comes out. The second one is the passing of the Marriage Equality Act, by the New York state legislation in June 2011.
I thought that Ms. Beers does a very good job at incorporating these events into the storyline and allows us to experience first hand how they were felt by Angie and Jillian but also by their friends and families. I got very emotional when I read these passages of the book and was particularly moved to see that the author have both straight and gay people celebrate these truly remarkable events.
The relationship story of Angie and Jillian also breaks the mold of your typical lesbian romance as they experience life, its valleys and mountains, ups and downs, but eventually mature and make the necessary sacrifices that are required for any couple, straight of gay, to stay together.
Overall, this is a romantic, witty and insightful read that I enjoyed a lot but I was also able to appreciate how much Ms. Beers have improved as a writer but also as a literary voice representing well the LGTB community.
The Narrator, Abby Craden as usual, does a good job with her narration,
Entertaining, heartbreaking, uplifting
Jillian's last moments with her beloved dog.
This is the first time I've listened to Abby Craden, and now I want her to read me all my stories.
Georgia Beers gave it the perfect title. It worked for me.
Fabulous in every way! I'm a new fan of both Author and performer.
While I usually prefer reading books, it was fun listening to this one while traveling. The narrator was excellent. The story was also excellent. Very nice to follow a couple through the ups and downs of a many year relationship, and it all rang true. You will probably see your own relationship, or others you know, in the story of this relationship.
Very different story line but I was pulled in to the years that past. And my of even learned a few things. This is a good story well worth you time .
"Easy going and enjoyable"
Nice read, but why do all romantic fictions always have a cheating storyline? Enjoyable and easy going book - would recommend.
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