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Genre: Contemporary Romance, General Contemporary Romance
The most astonishing aspect in Joy Fieldings novel about four white American middle class women isnt the profoundly hypnotic buildup to a brutalbut commonplacemurder. Whats amazing, and a little depressing, is the lack of real change in the lives of women since novels like The Womens Room and The Color Purple.
Each woman has an appealing young husband on the verge of success and a
The husbands and daughters, though background figures, are fully drawn and clearly portrayed. The story centers on how the characters deal with self-esteem or lack of it, and their individual resolutions. The underlying reasons for violent rage disappoint, but remain thought provoking. This
Reviewed By: Gerry Benninger
Published: October 2001