Pippa Lee is patient, calm and statuesque; a devoted wife and mother of grown twins, considered by her friends to be "peaceful and good ... beatific". But she knows better. "If only you knew," she says. "I'm like one of those shiny used cars that have been in a terrible accident. They look perfectly fine on the outside, but the axle is bent."
As the novel begins, Pippa's husband Herb, 30 years her senior, has moved them both to a swanky retirement community in Connecticut where Pippa is the youngest by some margin. Perhaps understandably, she rapidly develops a disorder that involves driving around in her sleep, smoking cigarettes and eating chocolate cake. What follows is the story of how Pippa's axle became so bent, and what she must do to straighten it out.
First 5 sentences.. Pippa had to admit, she liked the house. This was one of the newer units, they were told. Dishwasher, washing machine,dryer,microwave, electric oven, all new. Carpeting, new. Septic tank, roof.
Where I got my hands on it.. I’ve had this book on my shelf for so long I can’t remember where I got it! This weekly book review challenge I’ve set myself is fantastic for dusting off all those books that have been sat there waiting for me to pick them!
The cover.. for some reason when I picked this book off my shelf I thought it was Billy Piper on the cover…a la..The Secret Diary of a Call Girl! haha
Made me want to… Watch the film….I wasn’t even aware there WAS a film until I googled the cover image!
Who’s the lucky duck that’s getting it next?.. Oh, another one for the friend pile… :)
I enjoyed this book, and yet it was the strangest book I’ve read this year.. the middle section is flash backs to Pippa’s childhood..which in parts I found quite shocking and unexpected.
I’m not sure I believed the ending.
I’m definately going to look out for the film…esp as I see the cast list! Have a peek at the trailer!
Hope you are all having a great week!
The sun has shone over the sea today :) Everyone wanted to come and visit me at the shop…and I was in the middle of a Fruit Scone Making Marathon!..Seriously, I got so much done at work this morning I was really quite chuffed :)
Which got me wondering if you would like some recipes?