The edgy diary of a 1960s housewife's adventure of self-realization.
Turning 29 years old, Janet Giddings Kurland starts a journal and records her comfortably routine suburban lifestyle. But when she rolls the dice with her friend's husband, she starts down a path that will lead her to the hip streets of Greenwich Village. Amidst the sexually free, Janet blossoms and her housewife's journal turns into a sex diary filled with unexpected encounters, dangerous partners, and drug-fueled sexual escapades.
Will her adventures destroy her? Or will she find, as the poet William Blake proclaimed, that the road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom?
Lawrence Block, award-winning novelist and screenwriter, has written eight novels over the years as Jill Emerson. Thirty is one of them.
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A good choice for an audiobook
The book was done as a journal, so hearing the entries in the protagonist's voice made it feel as if you were in her head.
When she decides to leave her husband, after bedding the delivery boy.
Her voice was perfect for the POV character.
I did not have an extreme reaction to the book. Block's work is always well-written, with characters that ring true.
Again, I think that doing this particular book as an audiobook was an excellent idea, because it gave me more of a sense of being in the protagonist's head.
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