Better Luck Next Time, by Kate Hilton, is a light, delightful read with some very funny lines. Set in the U.S., it’s billed as a ‘divorce comedy’ and follows the lives of several related 40-something-year-old women as their lives fall apart and they struggle to put them back together.
It’s got a bit of politics, but not too much; a bit of heartbreak, but not too much; and plenty of comfortable middle class family drama. It’s an easy read that’s heavy on witty dialogue and light on description (sometimes a little bit too light – I occasionally had trouble figuring out who was who and where we were).
And I’m sure there’s more than one person out there who will join me in a quiet fist pump at this socially unacceptable resolution:
She doesn’t feel like putting a smile on her face. She doesn’t feel like being a good girl. She’s done enough of that for one lifetime. She is, as her mother says, a grown woman. She can choose. And if her choice causes a scene, so be it. She’s done keeping the peace.
Of course, causing a scene often isn’t a real option (unless you want to deal with the real consequences). But that’s what fiction is for, isn’t it? To live out our fantasies? So if you’re tired of being a peacekeeper and you’re fantasising about causing a scene – but can’t – this book might just be the next novel you need to read.
It also has a few ideas of other ways to release your pressure valves a little:
Beata has been wearing her bathrobe all day. She put it on when she rolled out of bed this morning, and it’s still on now that the sun has set. She feels better than she has in weeks.
Thanks so much to Allen & Unwin for sending me an advance copy.