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A perfect divorce

February 29, 2012

“A perfect divorce” by Francesca Clementis

Reviewed by Natalie

Published in 2004, this book has already been well read, but I couldn’t resist reviewing it because it was so good! It follows the story of 38-year-old Jenny Stafford, who has been with her husband Mark for 20 years. He was her first boyfriend, and they’ve never had a serious argument, and like all the same things. But … now Jenny wants children and Mark doesn’t. Within the space of a week, their marriage is over and divorce proceedings begin.

Jenny has no idea how to cope with single life, or how to find a new partner quickly so the baby-making can begin. Fortunately, in the course of promoting her new career as an origami artist, she meets Eddie. Thus a comedy of errors begins, as Jenny wavers between Eddie and Mark, and tries to fit puberty into the space of a month.

As secrets and lies become hopelessly entwined in hysterical chaos, Jenny manages to graduate to adulthood and achieve her goal of love.  Very funny, but also with some profound insights, this was a fun read.  8/10


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