Lydia is having a party - it's a party she hosts every year for six women friends who treasure the midwinter bash. Over a table laden with a feast of food and wine, the women revel in sharing newsy updates, simmering secrets, and laughter. As this particular evening unfolds, Lydia prepares to make a shattering announcement.
As we follow these friends through their party preparations, we meet flawed but lovable characters who are navigating the hassles of daily chores while also meditating in stolen moments on their lives, their regrets, their complicated relationships, and their deepest desires. When Lydia's announcement shocks them all, they rediscover the enduring bonds of friendship and find their lives changing in unexpected ways.
Tender, wryly funny, and exquisitely written, Lydia's Party poignantly considers both the challenges of everyday life and of facing our fears while creating characters whose foibles and feistiness will capture listeners' hearts.
"Hawkins's novel is beautiful...and the plot takes a number of unexpected, hugely enjoyable turns. It is this kind of book: The kind one buys extra copies of to pass out to friends." (Kirkus, Starred Review)
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Barely scratches below the surface
No life at this party.
This was just boring. It wasn't poorly written, but there was nothing of interest here. The characters were dull and there was next to no plot.
No, this is my first and last.
I'd have to say not really. I wouldn't say I was wowed by this narrator. She wasn't terrible, but nothing special either. I have to cut her some slack since this was what she was working with: a true snooze-fest.
There were no interesting characters in this book. I guess I liked the dog the best, and I'd cut everyone else and make it into a 10 page picture book.
Skip this one. There is so much interesting women's fiction out there. This one was dullsville.
- Lisa Mary