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Getting Over Edgar

3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  51 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Gwen's husband, Edgar, walks out on their marriage in pursuit of excitement. The requisite red convertible, however, leads not to eternal youth but to a premature death by the 8.20 eastbound train. The story then follows Gwen and her uncharacteristic behaviour in the wake of Edgar's death.
Paperback, 270 pages
Published 2000 by Women's Press (first published January 1st 1999)
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From the back cover

Seven weeks and three days before his death, Edgar walks out on Gwen and their comfortable, long-standing marriage. To aid his search for excitement, he has taken to driving a brand-new cherry red convertible. But it is not adventure that sweeps Edgar away when his car becomes stuck on a level crossing; it is the 8.20 eastbound train.

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The book is a tad confusing at times as it starts off with Gwen staring at Edgars dead corpse, her behaviour at his funeral and her dema
The Cats Mother
This was not at all what I expected - the cover, title and backpage all made me think it would be a silly, funny light-hearted read, but it was actually both more literary and more serious, which is not a bad thing at all, it just took a bit of adjustment. While it's written by a Canadian, there is very carefully no mention of any place names, so it could have been set anywhere in N America which I thought was a shame - I haven't read any other Canadian literature that I'm aware of.
The David cha
really enjoyed this book
Great book about finally getting the chance to become who you want to be. Edgar leaves Gwen and then is killed while they are still married. The mystery of who Edgar is and why he did what he did is left unanswered as Gwen uses the resources he left her to move on.
Shonna Froebel
Good, but wouldn't read again.
Donated my copy to the library
Deborah Dicks
Actually didn't finish - not my style of book.
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