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WHILE WE WERE WATCHING DOWNTON ABBEY
Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction
Wax’s latest novel is a pleasant middle-age “girl-power” story. Instead of a pair of traveling pants, three women bond over the hit BBC series. You needn’t be a fan of Downton Abbey to enjoy While We Were Watching — the show is simply the pop-culture hook that gives the main characters an excuse to “meet cute” but nevertheless create a realistic friendship of such depth and strength, even the Dowager Duchess would approve.
Atlanta’s chic Alexander Towers is home to three very different women: svelte socialite Samantha, whose ne’er-do-well siblings treat her wealthy but kindhearted husband like their personal ATM; frumpy Brooke, who put her husband through medical school only to have him dump her and their two small daughters for a younger, hotter trophy wife; and empty-nester Claire, an author whose long-awaited “me-time” has spawned a career-threatening case of writer’s block. Brought together by Edward, the Alexander’s British concierge, the unlikely trio bonds over weekly screenings of Downton Abbey and rediscovers the power of friendship. (BERKLEY, Apr., 384 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed By: Carolyn Martin
Published: April 2013