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Denting the Bosch: A Novel of Marriage, Friendship, and Expensive Household Appliances

3.11  ·  Rating details ·  233 ratings  ·  59 reviews
A gorgeously written, sharp debut novel about three middle-aged couples who find themselves unmoored in the prime of their lives, in the vein of Sue Miller, Anne Tyler and Meg Wolitzer
Three couples in San Diego—best friends, empty nesters living the California dream—have reached a tipping point. With the blurry years of child rearing and corporate ladder-climbing over, ea
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by St. Martins Press-3PL
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Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It is the rare person theses days who is born, lives their entire life and dies within a small geographical radius. We are a society on the move, and most of us will feel the psychological and emotional challenges of moving to a new city or town far from home at least once in their life. Denting The Bosch weaves the story of Adele's move with her husband and children from her comfortable life in suburban New York to North County, San Diego with the lives of her new best friends Sylvia and Maggi ...more
Nov 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
Perhaps the theme of this book is "selfishness". Unfortunately it is a novel for which there is ample evidence in this new age of indulgence in denial of consequence--the yuppies (of whom I am one) grown older. When a man or woman fills their life with "self", is it any wonder that he/she ends up with nothing? Nothing, even amidst plenty? This book is bent. No one wins in the end--except maybe Maggie and Paul, and they go by the literary wayside before the end. I can't imagine a woman suffering ...more
Jul 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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Jul 20, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a First Reads for me - I won this as a Giveaway.

This is the story of 2 couples living north of San Diego. They are all in their mid-fifties and all have grown children. They also all have troubled marriages. In Denting the Bosch we discover how each couple copes with their marriage difficulties. Throw in the great recession of 2008 and Bernie Madoff's ponzi scheme and things get a bit hairy for everyone. The author also ends with an epilogue and I like epilogues. I like to know what happ
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Book club selection so I didn't know what to expect. I almost gave it one star, but felt that was a bit too harsh (I guess I'll reserve that for books I can't finish since life is too short to finish a bad book). Overall impression: the book was ok, nothing extraordinary (compared to more recent reads: Wild, A Visit from the Goon Squad, The Imperfectionists).

I found it difficult to get into the story at the start, I didn't connect with any of the characters or care where the story was headed. It
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Very good debut novel about 3 long-time married couples at the turning point of their marriages with well drawn characters and real situations. This novel of marital and relationship angst is told from all viewpoints, which can sometimes be detrimental when trying to fully develop all of the personalities in the story but the author did a good job with a couple of minor exceptions. A couple—no,wait, almost all of the characters annoyed the heck out of me but I cared enough to find out w
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
This was a very hard book for me to read & follow. The characters jumped around alot and so when I put the book down for the night, if I didn't get to it the next day I had to reread to get the drift again of what was going on. It was a really hard book for me to follow with so many characters with so much going on in each persons life & also intertwined.

I didn't finish the book as my frustration with trying to follow it over took me. If you really enjoy a detailed book that you really
Feb 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
I not only didn't like anyone in this book, I didn't understand them. These women seemed more suited to having been born in the 30's than the 50's or 60's like they must have been (they were 50+ after 2001..). They don't watch their own money, they're that clueless? Generationally that makes no sense for women of that age. Why were some of the men aging hippies but the women Donna Reed type characters?

Also, either the book was so confusing that I missed something or there is a huge continuity pr
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I thought at first, that this was chic lit fluff... and there was some of that but it was a lot deeper. I liked the book enough to read the last half straight through. It explored the secrets in long-time marriages, women who have no idea what their finances are and suffer because of it, infidelity. The way the California life-style was presented makes me never want to live there! It explored the friendships and support that develop between women and that was the best part of the book. I look fo ...more
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read. Characters all trying SO HARD to be what they think thry're SUPPOSED to be. I think my favorite business is that ALL THREE women in this story lose their cell-phones or forget them and don't have them when needed.
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2013
Do you ever get inexplicably stubborn about a book and become determined to finish it, even though you don't like it very much? I didn't care for this book in the way I didn't care for Triburbia: I don't enjoy spending time in the heads of an endless parade of self-absorbed schmucks.
Aug 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
I read this because it is is set in Carlsbad, California where I grew up and it is about 3 couples who are slightly older than me with empty nests which I will have in less than 3 weeks. I was super disappointed in this book for several reasons and finished it by skimming the last 100 pages only to find out how the stories resolved. The author (a woman) showed through her writing a strong disdain for women. None of the characters were fully developed and most of the detail information about all ...more
Carolyn Russett
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it
would actually give it a 3.5
I do agree with tsome of the criticism - The women seem to be a bit of a throwback to the 50's.. they need to pay attention to their family finances, etc. But if you keep reading , the characters go a bit deeper and really are not all that much different from many women today. A little choppy reading in the beginning but it really pulls you in. Has an epilogue that ties things up which I liked. The title is odd and really comes from one line in the book So don't let t
Jul 05, 2012 rated it liked it
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Reminiscent of Anne Tyler, Denting the Bosch, Teresa Link's incisive debut novel, examines the trials and tribulations of three middle-aged married couples in San Diego. When their friend Sylvia's husband announces he's leaving her for his secretary, Adele and Maggie feel stirrings of doubt about the solidity of their own marriages. Even after many happy years with Paul, Maggie still wonders what became of her first
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was oh so pleased to have read Denting the Bosch as part of the Goodreads Advance Reader program and appreciate receiving a complementary book from the publisher.

Free book or not, Denting the Bosch shocked me with the wonderful literary quality of the storytelling. It is easily a five star novel. Not an "almost" or deserving of extra credit for one thing or another as I sometimes think. Teresa Link needs no extra credit or leaning on the scale to tip this into the category of something I'd giv
Jul 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
This is the second of recent books I have read that featured really really disgusting characters. I took this out of the library because I had seen it on Goodreads, the title was funny, and I am the same age as the women in the book. The writeup compares Ms. Link to Anne Tyler and Sue Miller; let me tell you she is not even remotely as talented. Good grief. There are a lot of inconsistencies, including the title; the Bosch is mentioned once early on in the novel and appliances never come up agai ...more
Aug 12, 2012 rated it liked it
I won this book in the drawing from Good Reads. I was delighted because of all the books listed this was the book I was most interested in.

Although there was duplicated words in one sentence and a mispelled word in another (Shame on the editor!), I couldn't put the book down. I did get confused with the characters at times and sometimes the backflashes were confusing. And some of those "big" words that the author threw in, like "uxorious", took my attention away from the story to look up. But I
Shari Henry
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
I can't decide if I liked this book or not. I kept reading more because I found myself trapped in the snare of the stories and needing to know how things worked out (or did not work out) more than I liked the characters or was drawn to their particular stories. (Aside: what is it with so many writers putting out works full of unlikable people lately?) Likewise, the book was in some ways well-written, in other ways, not. The author demonstrates a way with words, a beautiful capacity for exposing ...more
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-read
I won this book as a First Reads prize, and started reading it right away... and then for some reason, it got put aside. I found it again recently (amazing what cleaning a room can turn up, eh?) and I'm so glad I did.

The writing is clear, evocative and very enjoyable. The characters are very well-drawn - we all know someone like each of the folks in this book. It was wonderful to follow along with their stories - to learn some of the hidden aspects of their lives, and how they contributed to th
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
This novel revolves around three couples living in San Diego, California. The wives have been close friends for years and are rocked by the sudden announcement that one of their husbands wants a divorce. Soon the other marriages face their own crises and the pleasant, predictable lives they all had counted on begin unraveling. In trying to minimize the damage and reassemble their lives, they find that the people they thought they knew best are often strangers under the thin veneers of assumption ...more
Jul 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
7/22/12 Looking forward to receiving and reading my Goodreads giveaways book!
7/25/12 Wow! Thank you UPS for the quick delivery! Received Advance Reading Copy with a different cover.

The story of Slyvia and Carl, Adele and Drew & Maggie and Paul. The 3 couples are in their mid-50's and have been married long term. As they face empty nests in glorious sunny California, Carl and Drew think maybe they don't want to be married anymore. They have destroyed their marriage with infidelity. As the co
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was received for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Denting the Bosch was a surprisingly fantastic novel. I am 20-something and unmarried so I wasn't sure whether I would be able to relate to this book's boomer characters. I am happy to report that the main female characters all truly resonated with me - I saw myself in one or two of them, and many friends in others. The issues surrounding relationship dynamics and infidelity were well explored.

I also enjoyed the different characters’
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
After reading this book I thought about all the people in my life who are also middle aged and what their relationships are like at this point in their lives. The author takes some very real issues that occur in long term marriages and puts them under the microscope. She examines friendships among women and the secrets they share. The women in the book pretty much put their own wants and dreams aside to follow their husbands ideals. Later in life, they discover lies and for some, question the va ...more
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Three couples living in San Diego on the verge of empty nests find that everything in their lives and marriages is not as solid as they once thought. When two of the three couples separate, everyone begins to examine their own lives. The women, best friends Adele, Maggie, and Sylvia, all have to try to figure out what to do - whether to fight for their marriages or move on.

While parts of this book were interesting, overall it was very depressing and shallow. Maybe that was on purpose to highlig
Anna Noga
Apr 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Pretty good book. Easy to read and the story was interesting enough to keep me engaged. Scared me though--don't want to reach that stage of life. My major complaint is that sometimes Americans think/portray Canadians as a bunch of yahoos living in the middle of nowhere, saying "eh" all the time. If done correctly, I find it amusing. However, in this book it made me roll my eyes. It just feeds this ridiculous stereotype made about Canadians. Maybe some of you should actually visit Canada and find ...more
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm easy...I loved it. Once I established each character and kept them straight, I enjoyed the story. Moreso, the subject matter was of interest..what exactly does a woman do once she is perceivably "done" her job as homemaker..once her children have grown and moved on, and when her husband's eye wanders and his hands (and more) follow? I enjoyed following what these characters did to either reinvent themselves or find their truth in their later years. I also realized I probably would hate livin ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Three couples best friends Adele, Maggie and Sylvia find with the years of child rearing and helping husbands climb the corporate ladder over. Each pair is looking forward to enjoying the golden years together. Suddenly two of the husbands announce they want a divorce. As friendships and marriages unravel and the couples face some financial problems. As one of the couples lose almost all there money in a ponzi scheme. This is truly a heartfelt story about modern life, middle age, friendship and ...more
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Definitely a Chic Lit book, but one with character and twists. I enjoyed it and learned a few new words. Several are Jewish words and my favorite is dybbuk, how could you not love that word. It has to do with death as you may have guessed. Another one was palliation (palliate)...look it up, a good word to describe much of political rhetoric. If you like the occasional female oriented book this one at least has some interesting plot lines.
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
I would probably give 2.5 stars if possible. I didn't hate it and wanted to find out what happened but I didn't love it either. The characters felt 2 dimensional. I kept thinking the author was imagining how middle aged people would act and feel. The constant internal dialogues were way overdone, There were times the conversations struck me like Woody Allen dialogue and if the intent had been humor it might have worked.
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: firstreads
This was a First Reads winner book.

This was a good read that kept me captivated. I thought the relationships between the characters was true to life and displayed well through Link's writing. A very true look at relationships that fade over time made me feel very sad, yet also hopeful, for my own future. The only downfall of this book was the epilogue, which did tie everything up, but still felt like it just ended abruptly.
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