Years of caring for her needy family have left Merritt Fowler exhausted and confused, uncertain of who she is or what she wants. When a family argument sends her lovely, fragile daughter, Glynn, running from her Atlanta home to her Aunt Laura in Hollywood, Merritt is compelled to follow.
On impulse, the trio takes off in Laura's red Mustang convertible, barreling up the...more
It started off better than expected and in the first few chapters I so wanted to smack Pom I found it upsetting.
By the time Pring was also turning out to be a total rat I was getting a little weary with the women tangling themselves in k ...more
No one was anything but skinny in this story. An anorexic and two perfect figures, one nearly 50. Really? Not a single fig ...more
Merritt Fowler is married to a doctor who gives all his time and attention to his clinic. He leaves Merritt to dispose of the rats that have infested their home, a home she did not want to buy. He leaves her to care for his mother who has dementia, going so far as to refu ...more
Merritt Fowler is a wife, mom and big sister. She takes care of everyone, including her mother-in-law with Alzheimers. After her anorex ...more
But here's the not so good: Too wordy. Analogies got on my nerves. Tended to the melodramatic especially towards the end. A bit campy in places. Some characters especially the Hollywood directors/producers were cliche. The end was a bit unbelievable. For instance, (Spoiler alert) When the "big ...more
As a Northern Californian, I like the local references but I'm glad I borrowed this one from the library because I wouldn't want it in my collection.
It started sort of okay, but the characters were built in such a way that I liked none of them as I could not understand them, their decisions or actions. And once the ladies got to California it all turned into rubbish.
Straight into the Goodwill bag this one went, not to my beloved book shelves.
Quote from book:
"The very fact that he was a stranger and would remain one was both license and armor. I realized suddenly how very liberating anonymity was... The very lack of any history between you is like a shot of Demerol."
-p. 388, _Fault Lines_ by Anne Rivers Siddons, 1995
I love Ms. Siddons books. They are an easy, relaxing read but not "fluff". She writes for women, not using vocabulary for a teen. This book has its share of sadness, but the love between the characters spoke to me. I wish she would write more...I own everything except this one and I'll be adding it to my collection soon.
While at Auburn she wrote a column for the student newspaper, The Auburn Plainsman, that favored integration. The university administration attempted to suppress the column, and ultimately fired her, and the column garnered natio ...more