Autopsy of A Boring WifeBook - 2019
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Forty-eight year old Diane has just found out that her husband is leaving her for a younger woman, because, as he says, she is boring.
But Diane doesn’t feel boring. And as she deals with her new status in life, she proves that. Alongside her best friend Claudine, she explores what it means to be suddenly single after a 25 year marriage. This includes lengthy discussions of the relative attractiveness of middle aged women and men, the state of marriage as an institution, friendship, motherhood, and lawn care.
Yes, lawn care. Among the more serious issues there is a lot of humour in this book. Diane’s wry observations and the situations she finds herself in are very entertainingly told. There’s ribald humour that middle aged people will appreciate; there will be times when you laugh, and times when you cringe while reading this. From making bad decisions about home renovation to crushing on an office mate, Diane experiences a wide range of emotional responses to her new reality.
Translated from the French, this Quebec novel is reminiscent of other Quebec novels such as Colleen Curran’s Something Drastic – another tale of women finding their way after relationships gone bad, told with subdued hilarity. If you appreciate women’s writing with a French sensibility, this story might be just the one you’re looking for.
It’s a great choice leading up to Women in Translation Month (August); there are many other translated titles at Stratford Public Library as well.
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