Greta has nothing against marriage. She's been happy in her new life with Tony, until the day she falls asleep on the sofa and wakes up in love with someone else. Now she has to handle not only the unpredictable needs of her daughter and the plaintive demands of her mother but also the insistence of her own desire.
Lotte was once a flash dancer in vaudeville. She has little patience with her granddaughter's refusal to marry that nice husband of hers. She has no patience with death. Chic and sly and uncompromisingly egotistical, Lotte reveres marriage and has mourned her late husband for twenty years, but she's not at all ready to join him. She has far too much shopping left to do.
©2003 Cathleen Schine; (P)2003 Time Warner AudioBooks
"Schine takes a refreshing and often very funny look at love, aging and loyalty." (Publishers Weekly)
"Schine writes with the speed and punch of a seasoned comic, conveying her character in a single line of dialogue." (The New Yorker)
"She's perfected the underappreciated art of the domestic comedy." (The New York Times Book Review)
This book is not the rich story the description suggests it will be, though I can't fault the author for that. She does have a way with words. But the story is pointless, with self-indulgent characters who go nowhere. I kept waiting for it to start. Left me feeling irritated. Might be of interest to lesbians and those coping with family illness.
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