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Rhode Island Blues by Fay Weldon

Weldon on top form; Weldon tackling love, sex, ageing, death; Weldon at her wittiest best; Weldon unparalleled. Sophia is a thirty-four-year-old film editor living in Soho. Her only living relation (she thinks), her grandmother Felicity, is an eighty-three-year-old widow (several times) living in smart Connecticut. Sophia is torn between her delight in her freedom and a nagging desire for the family ties that everyone else grumbles about: casual sex is all very well, but who do you spend Christmas with? Her current bed-mate seems to be in love with a glamorous Hollywood film star (not that Sophia cares, of course: she's a New Woman); her mad mother is dead. All she has is Felicity. But Felicity is not your average granny. Temperamental, sophisticated, chic (and alarmingly eccentric), she has seen much of life, love and sex and is totally prepared to see more. Even if it is from a twilight home (The Golden Bowl Complex for Creative Retirement)...Twilight is not at all Felicity's idea of fun; and quite possibly she has more idea of fun than her granddaughter. As the two women's stories unravel, the past rears up with all its grimness and irony; but points the way to a future that may redeem them both.

Reviews

`Meticulously planned and mightily enjoyable, Fay Weldon's latest is a real treat.
Daily Mail



`As delightfully idiosyncratic as its mettlesome heroines, this novel is well up to Weldon's high standard of fictional entertainment.
The Times



`Good-humoured, wise and entertaining novel...There is so much to enjoy and admire in Rhode Island Blues.
Spectator



`This is terrific stuff. Nobobdy writes about the lot of modern women - and men - with the wisdom or wit of Fay Weldon...Marvellous.
Sunday Herald, Glasgow



`A substantial treat for those long autumn evenings after a summer of superficial beach and airport novels.
Ham

& High

`The Golden Girls on acid.
Sunday Express

About the Author

Fay Weldon

Fay Weldon is one of Britain's best loved and most respected authors. Novelist, playwright and screenwriter Fay Weldon was born on 22 September 1931. She was brought up in New Zealand and returned to the United Kingdom when she was ten. She read Economics and Psychology at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, and worked briefly for the Foreign Office in London, then as a journalist, before beginning a successful career as an advertising copywriter. She gave up her career in advertising, and began to write full-time. Her first novel, The Fat Woman's Joke, was published in 1967. Fay Weldon is a former member of both the Arts Council literary panel and the film and video panel of Greater London Arts. She was Chair of the Judges for the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1983, and received an honorary doctorate from the University of St Andrews in 1990. She was awarded a CBE in 2001. She lives in Dorset with her husband, the poet Nick Fox.

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Fellow novelist SOPHIE KING on FAY WELDON

Fay Weldon got me through my teenage years and my twenties. I don't know what I would have done without her naughty, feisty heroines. I normally prefer the close third person narrative but her authorial voice is so wicked that it has a delicious character in its own right.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st July 2008

Author

Fay Weldon

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Author's Website

www.fayweldon.co.uk/

Publisher

Flamingo an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
336 pages

Categories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780007291861

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