Search Results: "Fay Weldon"


BOOK REVIEW

BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY by Fay Weldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Weldon's clever comparisons of yesterday's mores to today's spice up this bubbling feminist brew, offering a study of the costs and consequences of the idealistic life that is sharp, funny, and all too true."
Four angry young 1970s women form a feminist publishing house in London only to find their own ambition no less virulent than men's—in Weldon's (Wicked Women, 1997, etc.) wry and witty examination of where feminism went wrong and, occasionally, right. Read full book review >

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SHE MAY NOT LEAVE by Fay Weldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2006

"Sly, salty, savvy."
A British doyenne of elegantly savage modern comedies of manners returns to form with a cautionary tale of childcare. Read full book review >

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CHALCOT CRESCENT by Fay Weldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Impressive work from a seasoned cynic. As usual, Weldon's unique voice is the draw."
For her 29th novel, a long-celebrated British-based writer delivers a combined fictional memoir and prescient alternative history. Read full book review >

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SPLITTING by Fay Weldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1995

"Weldon in top form. (First printing of 50,000; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
A darkly comic portrait of one woman's shattering response to divorce: the latest from an author rightly celebrated for writing witty cautionary tales about the contemporary sexual jungle (Trouble, 1993, etc.). ``It is my belief that we are suffering from a perforated personality,'' says Angelica, lying on her bed at London's Claridge's Hotel, and her other personalities—Jelly, Angel, and Lady Rice—all agree. Read full book review >

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KEHUA! by Fay Weldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Scattershot and self-indulgent."
The consequences of a long-ago murder in New Zealand reverberate all the way to England in Weldon's latest (Habits of the House, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >

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BEFORE THE WAR by Fay Weldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Interjections of authorial opinion and wit entertain, the occasional appearance of real historical characters (such as Somerset Maugham) lends an air of reality, and the rotten mother is a literary car crash, impossible to go past without staring."
Adela Ripple, last seen in Weldon's Long Live the King (2013), manipulates her daughter and anyone else she can get her hands on in order to preserve her own wealth and status. Read full book review >

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RHODE ISLAND BLUES by Fay Weldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

Our preeminent fictional chronicler of the war between men and women takes a break to report on the state of battles between continents, generations, past and present. Read full book review >

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POLARIS And Other Stories by Fay Weldon
Released: Aug. 1, 1985

In a sense, this is an extremely representative collection by British feminist/cynic Weldon (see above), for it shows her at her hauntingly subtle best, and sledgehammer worst. Read full book review >

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THE BULGARI CONNECTION by Fay Weldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Weldon's not exactly challenging herself here, but she's still one of the sharpest, most entertaining novelists around."
A characteristic blend of social and sexual satire from Weldon (Rhode Island Blues, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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HABITS OF THE HOUSE by Fay Weldon
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"If this all sounds more than a little familiar, it is."
Prolific Weldon borrows heavily from both Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs in her first in a series of three novels about Edwardian Britain, all to come out within the next year. Read full book review >

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LONG LIVE THE KING by Fay Weldon
Released: May 7, 2013

"Weldon plugs in historic figures like Lord Balfour and Lady Marlborough and some interesting bits of Edwardian social history and manners, but as a work of fiction, this entry is less than compelling."
Weldon's second installment in the Edwardian trilogy (Habits of the House, 2013) again revolves around deciding who is to receive prized invitations, this time to Edward VII's 1902 coronation. Read full book review >