By Lorna Landvik
The ladies of Freesia court docket are confident that there's not anything stable espresso, delectable truffles, and a powerful shoulder can t repair. Laughter is the glue that holds them jointly the basis of a publication crew they name AHEB (Angry Housewives consuming Bon Bons), an unofficial membership that turns into even more. It turns into a lifeline. preserving on via 40 eventful years, there s religion, a lonely mom of twins who harbors a negative mystery that has condemned her to dwelling a lie; sizeable, appealing Audrey, the resident intercourse queen who understands that with strong posture and an perspective you will get away with something; advantage, the shy health care provider s spouse with the face of an angel and the non-public hell of an abusive husband; Kari, a sensible lady with an excellent snicker who is familiar with the best presents look after existence s fiercest storms; and at last, Slip, a tiny spitfire of a girl who isn t afraid to seem hassle immediately within the eye. This stalwart team of buddies depicts a different slice of yank existence, of stay-at-home days and new careers, of youngsters and grandchildren, of daring beginnings and moment percentages, during which the ability of forgiveness, figuring out, and the superbly timed chuckle healthy is the CPR that mends damaged hearts and shattered goals.
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All of us women in the room have had our share of surly waiters serving bad entrees, but for over thirty years, we have helped one another up from the table, passed along antacids and after-dinner mints, offered shoulders to cry on, stiff drinks, and desserts whose butter content was exceeded only by its sugar load. But this . . this cancer thing—could we survive something that seemed so grimly devoted to taking one of us away? “I remember you had a miniskirt,” I said to Slip. “We bought it together in the kids’ department of Dayton’s.
Remember how happy you were to get into Penn State? ” She heard her younger brother’s easy laughter and then a thunk. “Sorry, Slip, I’m making a sandwich and I dropped the phone. ” “You know what I was saying,” said Slip. She tugged at the towel she had wrapped herself in when the phone rang, interrupting her shower. ” “Who said anything about the army? ” “Oh, Fred,” breathed Slip with relief. ” “You shouldn’t. ” In the thick, staticky silence that followed, Slip realized it wasn’t. “Fred, please.
A SUNDAY-SCHOOL TEACHER had once told Merit Iverson that God had held her face in his hands and sculpted it himself. It was true, she had the face of an angel, and had anyone been observing her that morning, it would appear also true that she had the smoking habit of a pool hall hustler. She lit her third cigarette of the hour, dragging on it as if it were oxygen and she were tubercular. If moving to Minneapolis from Iowa had been the first subversive act of her life, smoking was the second. Her father, a Lutheran minister (from whom she hid her habit), thought smoking—at least for women—a vice as well as a mark of low moral character.