The Bored Housewife seems to be a common trope in 1970s fiction. Poor little Marian isn't allowed to work outside the home, except for temp jobs when the money is needed, so she spends all day cooped up in her apartment with nothing to do except clean, and inspect her scalp for gray hairs, and clean again, and nag her son to clean his room, and buy stuff that her husband yells at her about, then clean some more.
I can't really remember the storyline for this one, but I'm wondering if Marian is going to snap and go on a murderous rampage.
I once knew an essentially selfish man who thought of everything, even the people he loved, in terms of what they could do for him. And when he didn’t benefit, he could be angry and resentful and hurtful. He knew better, and he often regretted it and apologized and resolved to do better, but he never really learned how to be anything other than selfish. Even when apologizing and trying to make amends, deep down, it was about himself and his perception of himself, not about the hurt that he caused to others. Such a person is hard to love. They burn through relationships, taking and taking and taking, until even the kindest and most giving person is eventually sucked dry.
…also, I don’t think Hardy liked women much, if this novel is anything to go on.
Audiobook version, via Audible. Excellent performance by Pamela Garelick.
This could not catch my interest. It seemed kind of amusing, but my mind kept wandering. I’m not sure if this is just not a good book for the audio format or if I’m just not in the mood. Or maybe because it’s a sequel and I haven’t read the first book. I gave it my minimum 20 minutes of audio time before DNF’ing. No star rating given as I suspect my disinterest has more to do with me than the book.
Audiobook borrowed from my public library. Nathan Osgood’s performance was fine.
First Person Present Tense ought to come with a &!^@* warning label. I’m going to have to start checking the samples on every book I buy now. It’s spreading from YA into general adult fic like a plague of cockroaches that can’t be stamped out.
DNF after suffering through the first chapter and realizing it wasn’t going to go away. Audiobook, via Audible. No opinion on the narrator performance.