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The Long Hot Summer: A French Heat Wave and a Marriage Meltdown

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  74 ratings  ·  9 reviews
In Au Revoir she ran away. In Last Tango her world turned upside down. Now, her relationships are about to reach boiling point.

In the European summer of 2003 a deadly heat wave strikes France. To Mary Moody, living in her rural village in the south-west of France, it seems that the weather is merely imitating the stifling heat of her marriage, which is on the verge of coll
Hardcover, 282 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Not Avail
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Jane Ainslie
I've given this book five stars simply because Mary Moody tackles the subject of a mid-life crisis, marriage meltdown, in such an honest, head-on way. She tells of how she buys a run down house in a French village, and spends months there, away from her family obligations and her husband. Set during the heatwave which killed around 15,000 french people, she describes her torrid affair with a man she meets in France. I particularly liked her description of driving home along the back roads, at 3a ...more
“I’m feeling rather woozy from all those hours of drinking wine.”
“…we quaff the wonderful local reds.”
“We stack the trolley with reds from__and rosé from__”
“I buy bulk rosé from Bergerac and we bottle it together over the sink,__It’s often too hot to eat very much, but we still manage to get through the rosé,__”
“and drink far too much rosé.”
“we drink lots of wine.”
And that pretty well sums up a lot of Mary Moody’s time in France. That and party, party, party! “__my natural inclination is to be e
So, so honest. It is a commentary and reflection on her life in this period. I felt for both Mary and David. Many people would benefit from listening to / reading this book. I did. I think it would offend and challenge many who lack empathy and believe they would never behave, think or feel or make the choices that Mary and David did.
Not having read her other books, this felt like a novel defending them.
she's not the greatest writer but it goes along sort of as a conversation and the things she is doing in her life and to unsettle her marriage. set between france and australia. autobiographical.
I really enjoyed this book. Very honest. I had heard of her story and have wanted to read it for some time. Love France.
Muriel Smith
If you like France, Mary Moody's books will delight you.
Dianne Kelly
One of the worst books I have read
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