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Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman by Elizabeth Buchan
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Sep 07, 2010

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Read in December, 2007

I enjoyed this book, but it took awhile to get into it. It's the old story of a middle-aged career woman with ambitious husband and two grown children and what happens to her life when she is "traded-in" for a trophy wife and sacked at work so her department can be taken in a "younger fresher" direction. She goes through the usual mourning stages - denial, anger, etc. - and survives with the help of her friends, children and the reintroduction of a past love interest.

The writing is solid. I liked the dipping back into memories to inform the present and the author's complex development of her female characters. This is more than "chicklit." The male characters are less developed and more stereotypical. Women who have gone through this will delight in the "revenge" aspect of this novel. Women who haven't will sympathize.

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