Autopsy of A Boring Wife

Autopsy of A Boring Wife

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"Marie-Renée Lavoie's Autopsy of a Boring Wife tells the hysterically funny and ultimately touching tale of forty-eight-year-old Diane, a woman whose husband leaves her and is having an affair because, he says, she bores him. Diane takes the charge to heart and undertakes an often ribald, highly entertaining journey to restoring trust in herself and others that is at the same time an astute commentary on women and girls, gender differences, and the curious institution of marriage in the twenty-first century."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Arachnide, ♭2019.
ISBN: 9781487004613
Characteristics: 275 pages ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Aaronson, Arielle - Translator


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Feb 24, 2021

An honest portrayal of betrayal in a marriage and the messiness of the emotions that result. Tragic, yet at times comedic.

Nov 03, 2020

Did not like it from the first chapter. Unable to complete this book, depressing and negative account of marriage. Gloomy. Life is stressful enough without this book.

STPL_Kerry Oct 05, 2020

First of all, this title is fantastic - how could I not be intrigued?! I am woefully lacking in French Canadian literature on my completed shelf, and am happy to start here! Lavoie writes about the experience of divorce with humour, strength and an invitation for hope. A quick, entertaining read.

Apr 20, 2020

some laugh out loud moments

Yemina12220 Dec 21, 2019

Stayed with it for about 50 pages, BUT beyond a laugh or two just found the journey-at-marriage's-end to be..... boring...ironically. I think if you are freshly off a relationship death or fighting through one that is now dying, you can find comfort in the angst, remorse, anger, depression. However, if that experience is foreign to you or so far behind you that it only serves to make you cringe at your own historical ridiculousness, than it might be better to skip it. I'm opting to skip away.

Dec 05, 2019

I related so much to the main character of this book. It was extremely funny too and I found myself laughing out loud many times which is rare for me. I really hope there is a sequel to this story because I feel like there is so much more I want to know about this character's journey. Also, I really appreciated that this plot was so realistic and didn't have to use any far-fetched scenarios to tell itself so well. Loved it and I want to read more from this author.

Nov 04, 2019

Wow, this book was amazing, made me want to read it in french, the translation was that good. It was not boring, well written, made me laugh a lot. Did not want to put it down. Now I'll go back and read her other ones. On my Top 10 list this year.

Nov 03, 2019

Unfortunately, I found this book boring & didn't finish it. It was just one long moan about her marriage breakup, with a few funny comments, but not enough to keep my interest. It's too bad, as I was expecting it to be better.

SPL_Melanie Jul 15, 2019

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May 27, 2019

Not at all a boring wife! The disbelief and shock of having your husband of 25 years announce that you are being traded in for a younger, fresher model is enough to shake anyone’s world. Dianne, our protagonist, is completely blindsided. Her children have recently left home, and now rather than enjoying the less hectic years with travel and her life companion, she has to adapt to a whole new reality. Written by a Quebec author, it feels like we are having a peek at a society within our country, but a bit apart (flair?). Probably a book enjoyed most by women, as we are well able to relate, whether or not these are our issues.


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SPL_Melanie Jul 15, 2019

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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