However, it was free – after a manner of speaking. The purchase of a copy of the Sunday Herald (£2.50, no mean sum for a newspaper), secured a choice of paper-back novels, and I took this one. And I was on holiday. Really I didn’t intend to read it at all. I’m just not one to pass up a copy of a free boo...more
But my mum, having raved about it, convinced me to read it, and I at least came to some understanding of how she might be feeling about both my brother and I having left, and indeed also, how I might feel about my home, am I ever to go back.
That aside, how...more
It's Ibsen, so it's all sturm and drang and dark, dark, dark.
Joanna's novel is not dark and it is contemporary in its family's strands and reweaving.
But there's a reason why Trollope uses an Ibsen play - in such contrast to what is really a rather sunny look at family life. At first...more
but perhaps has more to do with the ability of young adults trying to make their way in their careers and
emotional lives whle living in present day London. I can;t find much sympathy for women who bewail the fact
that their youngest child has moved out and this is how the book starts as one of the main characters, Edie,
seems unable to cope with the reality that her children are now success...more
Joanna Trollope's one of those authors I enjoy whilst finding their books a bit much sometimes. In her case it's usually because I find the characters a bit too posh to be feel real to me. But I usually end up enjoying things. I liked this more than I remembered enjoying the last couple of her books.
Here we have a couple who have just waved their youngest child off and have the empty nest to deal with. Edie, mother of the family wants the children back, whilst, Russell, father of the family, wan...more
This book is about a woman whose youngest child has finally left home. Edie has defined herself as a mother for so long that she has no desire to be anything else. Her husband has his vision of how life will be now, and is eager for her to conform to his view.
Edie half-heartedly auditions for a role in a production of an Ibsen play, and (to her great surprise) gets the part. Just as she is rediscovering the actress in herself, who she had put in t...more
This book is no different. It deals with the issues around the "empty nest," when a couple's third and last child finally leaves home. There are all sorts of threads dealing with motherhood and fatherhood, and what it means to be an adult, and whe...more
1 - What do you become...more
Joanna Trollope is sometimes compared to Jane Austen, I imagine because she writes novels about families and relationships, and she's English. She may work in the same approximate space, but she's no Jane Austen. Her psychological insights into her characters are not particularly acute, and I found their dilemmas somewhat trite. She does write wel...more
Edie, mother of 3, practically falls to pieces, when Ben, her youngest child, packs up and moves in with his girlfriend, Naomi. Her poor husband Russell isn't pleased at his wife's unwilligness to let go; he's thrilled they have the house to themselves again and is looking forward to "just being married" again.
Russell encourages Edie to go bac...more
On the one hand I can understand the husband wanting to have a 'marriage' again and no kids around. On the other hand I couldn't imagine this happening in my own family - my parents turning their back on me or my brother if we would need to live back home temporarily.
Edie: "You can't let go of being a parent. Not ever. It's the one relationship you're stuck with, besides yourself."
The array of characters popping in and out of the pages kept the momentum of the book flowing, I did feel their different dilemmas were wound up a little too quickly and simply towards the end of the book.
The main character is Edie,bereft when her last child leaves home and she experiences empty nest syndrome big time. To try to fill the gap she returns to work, and then suddenly the empty house starts...more
Joanna Trollope was born on 9 December 1943 in her grandfather's rectory in Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, England, daughter of Rosemary Hodson and Arthur George Cecil Trollope. She is the eldest of three siblings. She is a fifth-generation niece of the Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope and is a cousin of the writer and broadcaster James Trol...more