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Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons    by Lorna Landvik order for
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons
by Lorna Landvik
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Ballantine, 2004 (2003)
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* *   Reviewed by Tarah Schaeffer

I read Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons for my local book club. It tells the story of five women over three decades. It all begins in the winter of 1968 when Faith Owens moves to Freesia Court, Minnesota, along with her husband Wade and their two kids. Wade had been transferred and Faith is left alone frequently while he goes off on business trips. Faith finds it a lonely existence without friends, so when she sees a group of women in a snowball fight (a rogue snowball hits her front window) during a storm, she decides to join in. That night the women get to know each other, and pretty soon they decide to start a book club.

Despite the book club theme, there is little here on the books themselves, though it is neat to seen what was popular back then. Rather, it has to do with bonds between women and how friendship can withstand anything. Over the years Faith, Slip, Merit, Audrey and Kari deal with sometimes funny and often heart-wrenching situations. For example, Faith must come to terms with her son's homosexuality, and Merit has an abusive husband. But the story is not all doom and gloom - there's lots of humor, including a very funny section centered on a tree house. Another aspect of the book I enjoyed was watching how life was changing around these women - what was big in the news at the time, and how their kids grew up. Some of their children even decided to start their own book club at one point.

Whether or not you participate in a book club, if you're looking for an interesting read with good laughs and a lot of heart, I suggest you pick up Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons.

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