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Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons
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From her sensational sleeper hit Patty Jane’s House of Curl to her heartwarming novel Welcome to the Great Mysterious, Lorna Landvik has won the hearts of readers everywhere by skillfully balancing hilarity with pathos, and bittersweet insights with heartwarming truths. Now she returns to her beloved, eccentric stomping ground of small-town Minnesota where the most eclectic, and engaging group of women you’ll ever meet share love, loss, and laughter.

Sometimes life is like a bad waiter—it serves you exactly what you don’t want. The women of Freesia Court have come together at life’s table, fully convinced that there is nothing good coffee, delectable desserts, and a strong shoulder can’t fix. Laughter is the glue that holds them together—the foundation of a book group they call AWEB—Angry Wives Eating Bon Bons—an unofficial “club” that becomes much more. It becomes a lifeline.

The five women each have a story of their own to tell. There’s Faith, the newcomer, a lonely housewife and mother of twins, a woman who harbors a terrible secret that has condemned her to living a lie; big, beautiful Audrey, the resident sex queen who knows that good posture and an attitude can let you get away with anything; Merit, the shy, quiet doctor’s wife with the face of an angel and the private hell of an abusive husband; Kari, a thoughtful, wise woman with a wonderful laugh as “deep as Santa Claus’s with a cold” who knows the greatest gifts appear after life’s fiercest storms; and finally, Slip, activist, adventurer, social changer, a tiny, spitfire of a woman who looks trouble straight in the eye and challenges it to arm wrestle.

Holding on through forty eventful years—through the swinging Sixties, the turbulent Seventies, the anything-goes Eighties, the nothing’s-impossible Nineties—the women will take the plunge into the chaos that inevitably comes to those with the temerity to be alive and kicking. Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons depicts a special slice of American life, of stay-at-home days and new careers, children and grandchildren, bold beginnings and second chances, in which the power of forgiveness, understanding, and the perfectly timed giggle fit is the CPR that mends broken hearts and shattered dreams.

Once again Lorna Landvik leaves you laughing and crying, as she reveals perhaps the greatest truth: that there is nothing like the saving grace of best friends.

From the Hardcover edition.

Customer Reviews:

  • Trite, Predictable & Trite
    Cliche, Predictable & Trite
    Poorly developed characters are thrown together with a 'book club' tacked on I could not relate to any of the persons in this book, male or female. Sappy names like Merit, Slip and Faith-all on the same street- and a host of stereotypical situations insulted my intelligence as a reader. The flashbacks are even worse than the present. I found myself not caring about the characters, and didn't care for how men were portrayed. Personal interaction seemed superficial. Try the Jane Austen Book Club instead. It was much more successful in tackleing the easy plane ride/beach read.
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  • Surprisingly Good
    I would have never read this book if it were not for my book club. And I would have been missing out. It was a great read, entertaining, thought provoking--and perfect for book club discussions.

    Sometimes it is difficult to keep up with the characters and I found myself re-reading chapters to figure out the context. (Each chapter is written in first person from that characters perspective). This book deals with many issues and opens up great discussions including: racisim, adopting, domestic violence, family secrets, friendship, death, homosexuality, growing older. The title seems as if the book might be superficial or about a bunch of angry women--but it is certainly not either.

    I would excitedly suggest this book, especially to anyone in a book club. I think 90% of the people in our book club of 14-18 people loved this book, although almost no one thought they would. It was even better for us as it was the first book we read together....more info
  • pleased with delivery time
    all my products arrived within a few business days. very pleased with the contents and the handling care of the package!...more info
  • Angry Housewives Eating Bon-Bons
    An absolutely delicious read! The housewives were so real they almost jumped off the pages. It made me suggest to my own book club that we "score" some pot and hold our next meeting at a biker bar!...more info
  • Angry housewives eating bon bons
    Absolutely enjoyed reading this book about sisterhood in the neighborhood, women supporting each other no matter what fate throws at them. It takes a while to get to know all the characters and at times is written too lengthy but overall I highly recommend it to women of all ages....more info
  • A little on the long side
    I am a bedtime reader. It took me over 3 months to read AHEB. I found the last 100 or so pages to be the best. I'd say the first few chapters confused me to who everyone was. I agree with the other reviewer about the hospital scene at the beginning, but it did eventually tie in to the story.
    Having 5 main characters is a bit hard to follow. I did like the book and wanted to finish it....more info
  • This book is a treat...
    The main characters are not necessarily angry housewives, but they deserve to be, and while bon bons aren't the dessert du jour, the title is apt.

    Landvik's book is set in Minnesota and opens with a scene where the windchill is 20 below and "would bring Nanook of the North to his knees." That alone encouraged me to pour a glass of wine and to pull up a blanket to join the ladies of Freesia Court.

    The five main characters - Slip, Faith, Audrey, Kari (pronounced like "car" not "care"), and Merit - come together to start a book club for the sake of companionship in the middle of a Minnesota winter. This is the start of a 30-year friendship that the reader gets to be a part of, if only while reading about their tales of life and their opinions on books.

    The secondary characters of husbands and children and neighbors add to the depth of this story, but don't interfere. Through these secondary characters, the reader is shown how each woman interacts and reacts, and one can't help but to find a little bit of herself within each character.

    To say I enjoyed this book would be an understatement. I found myself addicted to the story, unwilling to put it down, and going to bed earlier each night to get a bit more reading time. I cried and laughed along with the women of Freesia Court. I was buoyed by their friendship and their willingness to support and love one another. This is a book club of neighbors that evolved into a family.

    Get this book for yourself or a friend or someone with whom you share your books and your secrets and your laughs and your tears. ...more info
  • Angry Housewives Review
    I really enjoyed this book. I loved every one of the characters. The author did a very good job developing each character. I hated to see the book end....more info
  • Fun beach read...
    I enjoyed this book very much, nothing new but lots of fun. But am I the only one wondering if the creator of the five "Desperate Housewives" of Wisteria Lane had read about the five "Angry Housewives" of Freesia Court? Hmm.......more info
  • Enjoyed it
    Started it. Cancelled my plans for the day and finished it.Wanted to know how each character would turn out. I don't think there is higher praise for any novel. The specifics of the plot have been well covered in some of the other reviews....more info
  • Just For Fun
    Aren't we all different though! Some people love this book, and others not. It is just a fun read. It's a little surfacy but still truly looks at relationships among women, their children, husbands, and neighbors. I thoroughly enjoyed it and shared it with my girlfriends....just for fun!

    Sandra Wilkes...more info
  • Angry Housewoves Eating Bon Bons
    Start reading this and you won't be able to put it down! Read and grow with these characters, agree with their views or not, you can't help but love their strength and resolve....more info
  • Bon Bon's and a Margarita might have made this more interesting
    I was invested enough in the idea of getting to know the characters that I plowed through more than a third of the book before it really started to wear on me. The Angry Housewives really aren't all that interesting despite Landvik's attempt to make them individual and exciting. AHEB is rather clich¨¦d and the whole "girl buddy book club" thing has been done. This book drew alot of comparisons to The Jane Austen Book club and The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, neither of which I have read. However, if Jane Austen Book Club, the book, is anything like the movie then it does a better job nuancing the characters and the plot in relation to whatever book that the book club is reading. As far as I could tell the books referenced in AHEB really didn't have all that much to do with the novel itself except in a very cursory fashion.

    There are four housewives: mysterious Martha Stewart-esque Faith, bombshell Audrey, liberal freedom fighter Slip, Susie Homemaker Kari, and angelic Merit. They are every woman you've ever read about, but it's all stereotypical stuff.

    AHEB doesn't tell us anything new about being a mother, woman or friend that we don't already know or haven't seen repeatedly on a Lifetime Movie of the Week. SPOILER ALERTThere are some eleventh hour revelations that I saw coming a mile away, one of the housewives gets cancer and there's some bedside knitting, there's a road trip and a gay best friend. Every clich¨¦ and theme of female bonding that's ever been thought of (except for the cheating best friend has been covered)./spoiler

    I haven't read very many of the books that AHEB read so I could be missing whatever thematic highlight that I'm supposed to be picking up and if that's the case, if it's there and I'm missing it, then I still blame the author for not making it more clear how the book club novels tie into the events in the characters lives.

    The end of the book collapses in an exhaustion from the weight of expectations. The standard format used for the chapter headings suddenly change and a new "housewife" is added into the book club mix. I found the last minute changes distracting and didn't contribute anything to the plot.

    Part of the problem with AHEB is that the five characters all have a voice in the novel and they're ALL written in first person. Landvik writes characters in turn, by chapter, exchanging one set of I's for another. Tied to together by Faith's letters written to her mother, which begin faithfully enough but then dwindle towards the book's end, are supposed to help focus the reader but I didn't find that it actually works. As much as we initially think that this might be Faith's book or that she might have some huge impact on the housewives of Freesia Court, she doesn't. There are other inconsistencies, dropped plot threads, a lack of emotional engagement, nuance and depth. It's almost as if the author collapsed in exhaustion as she got to the end of writing the book.

    A less than stellar read, flat characters and a long, mostly uninteresting history of events, plenty of clich¨¦d characters and plots abound. Imagine squishing ever chick-flick trope imaginable into one place and you have Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons....more info
  • Book purchase
    product received was as advertised, and in great condition. Would buy from this vendor again....more info
  • Excellent
    This fine book chronicles the lives of a group of women who all belong to the same book group (called Angry housewives eating bonbons) from the late 1960's through the 1990's. We meet them as they are young women with new babies; we see their children grow up; we see them through terrible illnesses, cruel husbands, caring husbands, etc. In other words, through all the milestones in life that most folks have. What really supports these women is their friendship, their sisterhood (tho I hesitate to use that word because of its overuse). I loved these characters, and in some way identified with each of them. I recommend this book highly to anyone who is just trying to get through life with a certain degree of grace and believes that friends, books, and chocolate help....more info
  • Great Read!
    I really enjoyed reading this. I am not much of a reader but this book really caught my attention. A great book for book clubs!!...more info
  • I want to live on Freesia Court....
    This is a true novel of friendship that made me laugh and cry. If you have true friends in your life like these characters then you will cherish this book. If not then envy the characters as I do. Oh well, I guess it is never too late to start a book club. I would have liked to see a little more discussion about the books they read, but that didn't deter from the enjoyment of this book. I enjoyed following the friends through thier trials and tribulations.
    This was my first novel by Lorna Landvik. I will definately read her again. ...more info
  • Angry Housewoves Eating Bon Bons
    Start reading this and you won't be able to put it down! Read and grow with these characters, agree with their views or not, you can't help but love their strength and resolve....more info
  • Angry Housewives eating bon bons--Ecellent
    Great beach read
    great girl friend book
    great book club book
    we can relate on so many levels
    makes you want to meet these gals...more info
  • I usually avoid this kind of book -- Glad I didn't
    I have learned to avoid those books about groups of women who bond over years (and often over books and in book clubs) like the plague. However, for some reason, I actually read this one-- and liked it! The story spans from the 60's to the present day (or at least present day when published) and really rides the ups and downs of life. Nothing melodramatic or stunningly shocking-- just real. And there actually is talk of books! One of my favorite parts was that each chapter (told from the perspective of a different member of AHEB- the name of the book club the women form) gives the title of a book, and often a line or so why it was chosen.
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  • Angry Housewives Eating Bon-bons
    I read through some of the other reviews of this book--interesting, 130 + and only 46 -.

    My husband and I both read lots of serious non-fiction books--we both (yes, even the man!) found this fun to read--and contrary to others, felt her characters were pretty well drawn out. I could "see" the book, like a movie in my head, and "knew" the characters.

    We are also on the other end of the political spectrum--but both of us like to read all kinds of books, and find that we do learn from books that present other viewpoints. Try very hard to keep an open mind, and find that about some things, we have actually changed our thinking after reading an opposing view.

    Our book group of 15 women, and 1 man are discussing the book tomorrow--and so far, pre-group--all the reports I have heard have been +. Looking forward to the discussion! And again, always the contrarians--our group is mixed--folks on the far right of the political spectrum, people in the middle, and some who lean leftward. Makes for pretty interesting discussions--but like the Angry Housewives--all views are welcome and respected, if not in agreement. ...more info
  • Great Read!
    I read this book because I so enjoyed "Oh My Stars" by the same author. This book is enjoyable and there is so much to relate to for all women, mothers, and book group members. Now I want to read all the selections the AHEBB group read!...more info