Henry has ended his marriage to Caroline and headed off to Noosa with Mercedes' grade three teacher, Martha.
Caroline, having shredded a wardrobe-full of Henry's suits, has gone after them. Craig and Lesley have dropped over briefly from next door to catch up on the fallout from Henry and Caroline's all-night row.
And Janice, Caroline's sister, is staying for the weekend to look after the girls because Janice is the sensible one. A microbiologist with a job she loves, a fervent belief in the beauty of the scientific method and a determination to make a solo life after her divorce from Alec.
Then Craig returns through the bedroom window expecting a tryst with Caroline and finds Janice in her bed, Lesley storms in with a jealous heart and a mouthful of threats, Henry, Caroline and Martha arrive back from the airport in separate taxis - and let's not even get started on Brayden the pizza guy. Janice can cope with all that. But when Alec knocks on the door things suddenly get complicated.
Harnessing the exquisite timing of the great comedies to the narrative power and emotional intelligence for which she is famous, Toni Jordan brings all her wit, wisdom and flair to this brilliant, hilarious audiobook.
©2016 Toni Jordan (P)2016 Bolinda
I didn't expect to giggle as much as I did when I bought this book. The characters are so flawed, yet this is what you love about them. The kids Paris and Mackenzie are my favourites, their innocent observations make this book a delight. This book is a fun, well written and enjoyable listen. I couldn't put it down and listened almost completely in one day. Also any book narrated by Caroline Lee is always a treat, and I think this book might just be her best performance yet. She was fantastic and made me think I'm glad I listened rather than read the book myself.
I love all of Toni Jordan's novels, and this one may now be my favourite.
"play rather than a novel"
Funny story about the complexity of relationships. It takes part during one week-end and in one house which makes it feel like a play (especially on the audiobook) more than a novel. Jordan makes some interesting observations about human nature and the nature of the relationships. The only thing which bothered me is that at some moments it tries to be more funny that necessary.
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