Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons
Book Review - Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons is about a book club and tells the life stories of each member over the span of 40 years. Faith, Audrey, Merit, Kari, and Slip live on Freesia Court and drink coffee, eat dessert, and read books. Faith has a secret that requires her to live a lie, Audrey is the "Samantha" of the group (that's a Sex in the City reference...it means she likes to talk about sex), Merit is shy and lives with an abusive husband, Kari is wise, and Slip is fearless.
I cried a lot, especially thinking about how special my own book clubs are. I've been in a number of book clubs in every city I've lived in. Growing up I loved reading the Babysitters Club and the Boxcar Children - my "club" was my classroom and my sanctuary was a school program called "Silent Sustained Reading" or SSR - does anyone else remember this or was this unique to my school?
I went through a spell in high school and college where I didn't have time or the desire to do much recreational reading. It wasn't until grad school when my friend Jacqueline suggested starting a book club that I got back into reading for fun. It was a gift she unknowingly gave me that has stayed with me long after the book club ended. She since moved to Texas and I moved to Indiana, but we still keep in touch about what books we are reading.
When I moved to Bloomington it took me some time to find a good core group of friends - but it should come as no surprise that I found my people in a book club. My friend Jessica invited me to join her book club - they were meeting in less than a week and they had chosen Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I read furiously that week so that I could get through the book before their meeting. They've been a reliable group of friends and inspiring group of women ever since.
I read Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons with my second book club in Bloomington, started by another friend who I met where I work out. Nicole wanted to start a smaller book club that met more regularly, this group started with just four members and many have since moved away. It is in this group that I am most myself and my most relaxed. I love love LOVE discussing books with these women.
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