Marrying the Mistress

Marrying the Mistress

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Baker & Taylor
All hell breaks loose in a well-heeled English family when the father, a respected judge, announces he is leaving a forty-year marriage to marry his mistress

Blackwell North Amer
Simon Stockdale spells it out for his son Jack: 'Your grandfather is proposing to leave your grandmother to whom he has been married for forty years and marry a woman with whom he has been having an affair for seven years.'
'Grando?' marvels Jack. 'Grando wants out and to start again?' What can this mean to a boy in the throes of his first love affair? Or to Simon's wife Carrie who always thought her wronged mother-in-law was one of the most self-pitying women she'd ever met anyway? Filial debts are about to be called in and Carrie doesn't want her husband Simon to pay them. Yet Simon feels a bond of obligation towards his mother which makes him vulnerable - and which no one else can fathom.
And what of the mistress - a barrister who has fallen in love with a judge twice her age? What if she isn't just 'His Honour's totty', as one court official labels her. What if, as Simon's gay brother Alan decides, 'She's the real thing. She's a proper person.'

Baker
& Taylor

All hell breaks loose in a well-heeled English family when the father, a respected judge, announces he is leaving a forty-year marriage to marry his mistress. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2000
ISBN: 9780670891504
0670891509
Branch Call Number: FIC Tr 2000
Characteristics: 293 pages ; 24 cm

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ownedbydoxies
Apr 14, 2015

This has got to be one of the most consistently readable authors I've ever found. All her books (so far, anyway!) have been interesting, funny in spots, enlightening in others and basically the kind of book you hate to put down.

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modestgoddess
Aug 30, 2013

This is just woeful. I expected a LOT better from Joanna Trollope. Pretentious, posturing, shrill family can't figure out why mother doesn't just lie down and take it when her husband of forty years leaves her for a woman half his age. Mother herself is shrill at times but we are never given to understand why her pain is supposed to be untenable, even when everyone gets all cozy with the mistress. Ending very unsatisfying. Actually - unsatisfying all the way through. Not sure why I kept reading it - perhaps I thought Trollope would redeem herself before the end? She didn't.

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