Marrying the Mistress

Marrying the Mistress

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What happens when the respected head of a family -- an English County Court Judge in this case -- announces he is leaving his wife of forty years to marry his mistress? How do his grown up sons feel? How do his grandchildren react? And what extra layers are added to the dilemma when the mistress in question turns out not to be piece of dismissable fluff, but a young woman of spirit and accomplishment who is -- to their universal dismay -- immensely likeable?

In her new novel, Joanna Trollope looks at the way men in a family interact across the generations, at the problems of mothers who cannot bear not to come first with their sons forever; at family dynamics where teenagers can sometimes see more clearly than their parents and, above all, what happens when freedom to choose brings consequences that no one ever thought of...

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2000.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780670891504
0670891509
Branch Call Number: Fic Trol
Characteristics: 293 p. ; 24 cm.

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ownedbydoxies
Apr 14, 2015

This has got to be one of the most consistently readable authors I've ever found. All her books (so far, anyway!) have been interesting, funny in spots, enlightening in others and basically the kind of book you hate to put down.

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modestgoddess
Aug 30, 2013

This is just woeful. I expected a LOT better from Joanna Trollope. Pretentious, posturing, shrill family can't figure out why mother doesn't just lie down and take it when her husband of forty years leaves her for a woman half his age. Mother herself is shrill at times but we are never given to understand why her pain is supposed to be untenable, even when everyone gets all cozy with the mistress. Ending very unsatisfying. Actually - unsatisfying all the way through. Not sure why I kept reading it - perhaps I thought Trollope would redeem herself before the end? She didn't.

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