In her new novel, Mantrapped, Fay Weldon shows she's still on top as the foremost chronicler of this generation's sexual and marital woes. What would happen if a man were to wake up one morning as a woman? Or a woman as a man? Would his personality change completely? Would hers? After brushing past each other on the stairs above their local Laundromat, Trisha and Peter soon find out. Instantly, and mysteriously, they switch souls. Peter's now housed in Trisha's older and much curvier body, while Trisha's moving about in Peter's younger, trimmer form. But none of this is half as awkward as when they both come home to face Peter's wife and have to decide who will sleep where. Exploring her heroes' predicaments inspires Fay to recall certain points in her life, which she decides to insert alongside the novel, flipping back and forth between the two. The result is an inventive continuation of her critically acclaimed memoir, Auto da Fay, which flaunts her remarkable talent for pushing the boundaries of literature farther while always keeping it fun.
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Fay Weldon was born and raised in New Zealand. Her novels and short stories are released to great commercial and critical acclaim around the world, and she has also done significant work in the fields of television and film.From AudioFile:
This odd book--a "reality novel"--switches between Trisha Perle, former lottery winner, who has recklessly run through her £3 million, and author Weldon's infusions of her thoughts about life and the book she is writing--this one. When not interrupted by Weldon's reflections, Trisha's story of accidentally switching souls and finding herself in the body of Peter, a young journalist (and he in hers), is deliciously ironic. Narrator Rula Lenska's deep, throaty rasp handles both Trisha's and Peter's stories with charm and wit. Lenska's voice would be worth hearing even if she were reading a grocery list, and Weldon's comments in her own voice are decidedly droll and satirical, but as a conjoined novel on audio, the whole thing becomes a jumble. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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