After Mia Fredricksen's husband of thirty years asks for a pause - so he can indulge his infatuation with a young French colleague - she cracks up (briefly), rages (deeply), then decamps to her prairie childhood home. There, gradually, she is drawn into the lives of those around her: her mother's circle of feisty widows; the young woman next door; and the diabolical teenage girls in her poetry class.
By the end of the summer without men, Mia knows what's worth fighting for - and on whose terms.
Provocative, mordant, and fiercely intelligent, this is a gloriously vivacious tragi-comedy about women and girls, love and marriage, and the age-old war between the sexes.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages, 4 B&W
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 16/06/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781444720259