Sarah Grazebrook Not Waving (Arena Books)

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Not Waving (Arena Books)

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Mitchell loved her body, but that was because she was an older woman. Older than what? Older than Eileen. Older than Mitchell. Older than Raymond even. How could anyone be older than Raymond? Raymond was born forty-four. His mother was younger than he was. Ginny and Raymond have two children - and they are unhappy. Eileen and Mitchell don t have any - and their relationship is a mess. Ginny Jeavons is just managing to keep afloat. An affair, not exactly of the heart, is a kind of lifeline. Her husband is also tempted into treacherous waters, where he may sink or swim... From a breast-feeding sit-in at Harrods to an apocalyptic amateur interpretation of Oklahoma, Sarah Grazebrook s observations on modern metropolitan marital manners are both poignant and bitterly funny.

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In this episodic first novel set in contemporary England, Grazebrook writes with humor and pathos about two disintegrating marriages. Much of the book concerns Ginny and Raymond Jeavons, a bickering couple with two rambunctious youngsters. At 37, Ginny enlivens her stagnant life by having an affair with Mitchell. Businessman Raymond succumbs to the flattering attentions of Helen, a young secretary, and moves in with her. During these upheavals, Eileen, Mitchell's bored and unhappy wife, despairing of conceiving a child, begins a liaison with Gerry. Each of the characters in these extramarital romances hopes for fulfillment and stability, which prove gallingly elusive. Though this story is slight, it is enhanced by memorable moments that bring the characters into clearer focus: when Ginny weeps after Raymond's departure, her four-year-old son tenderly consoles her; Raymond finds himself ill-equipped to handle his children during an outing filled with humorous mishaps; Helen's vulgar stepfather visits her and Raymond unannounced, leaving the girl desperately humiliated in front of her beloved. This is a trenchant, sympathetic, ably written commentary on the woeful state of modern marriages and relationships.
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Book Description Arrow Books Ltd. Paperback. Book Condition: New. UNUSED, VERY GOOD, NOT EX-LIBRARY, shows signs of shelfwear, tanned edges, scuffed jacket, 176 pages. Mitchell loved her body, but that was because she was an older woman. Older than what? Older than Eileen. Older than Mitchell. Older than Raymond even. How could anyone be older than Raymond? Raymond was born forty-four. His mother was younger than he was. Ginny and Raymond have two children - and they are unhappy. Eileen and Mitchell dont have any - and their relationship is a mess. Ginny Jeavons is just managing to keep afloat. An affair, not exactly of the heart, is a kind of lifeline. Her husband is also tempted into treacherous waters, where he may sink or swim. From a breast-feeding sit-in at Harrods to an apocalyptic amateur interpretation of Oklahoma, Sarah Grazebrooks observations on modern metropolitan marital manners are both poignant and bitterly funny. Bookseller Inventory # 17817

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