FIFTY IS NOT A FOUR LETTER WORD by LINDA KELSEY.
Life begins at fifty .....
Well, it certainly does for Hope, though not at all as she had planned. She reluctantly hits her half-century on New Year's Day and within the week her career, her marriage and her self-esteem are all in free-fall. But Hope has guts - and a sense of humour.
By the end of her annus horribilis, she has acquired a taste for designer underwear, climbing mountains - and the memory of one perfect night in Paris.
....... Outer back cover.
SOURCE: Ex-library stock.
FIRST SENTENCE (Prologue): May 2003.
Just as I was about to get it right, at the very moment I knew we were on the road to recovery, Jack walked out.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 206): And look at your dog. Certifiable. Vicious. A tiny little mutt with a Napoleon complex who can't leave the house without a muzzle and a halti in case it attacks the nearest Alsatian.
MY THOUGHTS: Essentially what I guess could be described as chick-lit for the more mature reader. Fifty Is Not A Four Letter Word is a tale of transitions, of changing relationships. The story of Hope Lyndhurst-Steele, a character that I'm sure most of us will recognise if not exactly like (I know I didn't).
In many ways a very universal novel of a self-obsessed, high-flying, career-orientated, middle-aged woman who is only just beginning to realise just how her life choices have effected others and yet in other ways a very British novel that rather cleverly conveys the British psyche albeit in a somewhat cliched way.
Both totally what I was expecting and yet oddly enough not at all what I was expecting. Entirely predictable in how the story of Hope panned out, what I wasn't anticipating was the incredibly moving account of her relationship with her mother which for me made the novel what it was.
Any gripes? Apart from what seemed like the acceptance of all these extra-marital affairs, I really did find the use of coarse language totally unwarranted and not at all in keeping with the characters.
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