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Yes, it’s a book about suburban angst. It is a GOOD book about it, however. It is funny and poignant. There are a lot of great insights into life and love. The character of Ruth, the pot-smoking old lady, was especially enjoyable. She seemed like the “Greek chorus” of the book, delivering many of the meaningful passages about life and love. BUT then she’d break out with something really funny or quirky, especially considering she is almost 90 years old:
(Be aware = adult language ☺ )
“I would see him out there every morning and our nods and hellos soon became friendly exchanges. It was summer. He’d just arrived, hadn’t taught his first class yet, and one day, I just . . .”
“What?” ABC says, still brushing.
“I blew him,” Ruth says.
ABC shrieks with a kind of shock and begins to laugh. Ruth’s slender shoulders shake with laughter too, silent laughter. It takes ABC almost five minutes to recover.
“In some ways, it’s terrible, but now, it’s just, well, it’s just a fact.”
“Where did you blow him? Right there on the path? Oh my God!”
“That’s what they said then. It was 1982. They said ‘blow job.’ They said, ‘She blew him.’ Isn’t that still what they say?”
“I guess so. Sometimes we say oral sex.”
“Oral sex? Sounds clinical.”
(Kindle Locations 2796-2803).
I do have to say that the first half of the book was kind of slow. That is why I only rated it 3 stars instead of 4 or 5. In the second half, the plot really comes together and it becomes a compelling read. SO, it’s definitely worth the time!
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I loved this book. It was like Richard Russo meets Jonathan Tropper meets American Beauty. I often spend hours on Audible looking for a good book. I've either read or listened to so many that it's difficult to find another that catches my attention. This one was buried deep within the list and I'm so glad I kept digging until I found it. I highly recommend it.