Laura Rider's Masterpiece
Laura and Charlie Rider are childless and the proprietors of a grand and successful plant nursery where Laura does the designs and Charlie does the hard work (including the quiet work of fixing Laura's designs). Laura is bold, bright, ambitious, completely self
centered and just as completely ...more
Jenna Faroli, the host of Milwaukee Public Radio's Jenna Faroli Show, has recently moved to Laura and ...more
On the surface, the story is about a woman who, wanting to pursue her dream of being a writer, creates a situation where her husband will have an affair with another woman. She wants to use the affair and its progress as source material for her roman ...more
"Married for 12 years, Laura and Charlie Rider have come to share almost everything: their nursery business, their love for their animals, and, most especially, their zeal for storytelling. And though they no longer share a bed, they are happy enough continuing along in their pleasant, platonic routine. Then Charlie begins an email exchange in earnest with Jenna Faroli, the host of a popular radio show, and, according to Laura, "the single most famous person in the town." Seeing her op ...more
Foremost among the book's sins is that Hamilton seems to have no idea how people talk. Consider the first conversation in the book, between Laura and Jenna, which is little more than a ...more
[LATER:] OK, I officially give up. Hamilton's depiction of Laura Rider is cliched, as is her depiction of Jenna Whoever, but at least the Jenna Whoever character seems less of a mean cliche. You can see Hamilton working in this, and it ain't pretty. Maybe I should have kept going, but.... I didn't.
Yes, it’s a sex comedy from the same Jane Hamilton known for her weighty, complex stories of families and relationships, such as “The Book of Ruth,” “A Map of the World” and “When Madeline Was Young.”
But while “Laura Rider’s Masterpiece” is a departure in terms of tone — quick, breezy, funny — from Hamilton’s previous work, it touches on the ...more
“Laura got the idea to write a romance novel starring an unspecified "Every Woman" when she heard a literary historian interviewed on a public radio program starring her idol, Jenna Faroli, who has recently moved with her husband to Laura and Charlie's small town. ...more
When Charlie and Jenny meet in a chance encounter one evening, Laura encourages Charlie to contact Jenny, and in th ...more
While Laura Rider dreams of being a novelist, she runs a successful nursery with her husband in Wisconsin. Because they have no children and Ch ...more
This was well outside my usual reading range.
Not sure how to describe it - literary romance?
Technically it was well written but the story was just too unbelievable for me.
Young middle-aged gardening business owner (Laura Rider) married to hunk decides (a) to never have sex again with said hunk and (b) to organise the friendship (and later sexual re ...more
First off, neither this book nor Laura Rider's is anything close to a masterpiece. Of course, the title was meant to be tongue-in-cheek, but if you're going to attach that kind of name to your book, you better be ready for the inevitable puns that follow.
Luckily for me I picked up "Laura Rider's Masterpiece" by Jane Hamilton. Though never a fan of romance, this is what I would call the true face of romance blown up to highlight both its most beau...more
After reading some of the reviews, I think that some readers are taking the book too seriously. It is meant to be a light take on adultery (isn't that an odd way of putting it) which may be the problem. Clearly Hamilton is a good writer with well crafted sentences. You can tell that by the contrast between her narration and when Laura tries her hand at composing the emails- also when Charlie composes too. Throughout the book, but especially when Jenn ...more