Joanna Trollope Marrying the Mistress

ISBN 13: 9780747588689

Marrying the Mistress

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Just as one has forgotten the intense pleasure of reading Trollope, along comes another flawless novel. Library Journal (starred review)

A pleasure to read. The Washington Post

Despite its title, Marrying the Mistress is no mere sexy romp detailing the lurid details of a juicy affair. Instead, Joanna Trollope offers a domestic drama that gives us an insider s view of what happens to a family when the respected head of the household 60-year-old judge Guy Stockdale announces he is leaving his wife of 40 years to marry his much younger mistress, Merrion. From his teenage grandson who thinks it s cool that Gramps can still snag a hot young babe to his feisty daughter-in-law who sets up a secret meeting to check out the Other Woman, this is a nuanced tale that manages to be both familiar and surprising. What makes the situation complex and the book beach-bag worthy is that Merrion is far from the stereotypical villain/slut/husband stealer. She is intelligent, independent, successful and impossible not to like. Reading Marrying the Mistress is like spying on the neighbors that everyone on the street is gossiping about without the guilt.

A modern-day Austen. Library Journal (starred review)

Masterful storyelling and memorable characters a wise and gently truthful take on a highly charged subject. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

This novel should easily vault onto the bestseller lists. Publishers Weekly (starred review)

[Marrying the Mistress] must be the popular British writer s most daring novel, as well as one of her most interesting bracing and original Trollope at her most challenging and thought-provoking. The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Entertaining great beach reading. USA Today

A novel rich in accurate, piercing detail of domestic life and populated with strongly developed, realistic characters absorbing and excellent. Booklist

Splendidly nuanced. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

A great beach or vacation read. The Baltimore Sun

Trollope again displays her extraordinary gift for representing the intricacies of familial relationships and the vicissitudes of domestic life None of the themes here betrayal and anger, the lovers age difference, the grasping mother, the daughter-in-law s resentment are terribly unusual, but Trollope s proven ability to present them intelligently, as moral and emotional tangles faced by thinking, interesting people, satisfyingly combines the universally recognizable and the intellectually engaging. Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Essential. Library Journal (starred review) "

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The court official leaned closer.

"'What's gone past', he said 'is not just an advocate, any old lady advocate. What's gone past is his Honour's totty'."

And what's going past is the life of Guy Stockdale, a 62-year-old judge, who has been married forever, has two sons--Simon and Alan--and three grandchildren. For the past seven years, he's also had a mistress; Merrion Palmer is intelligent, attractive and half Guy's age, which also makes her younger than both Simon and Alan. Her dad died when she was a toddler and she's well aware that Guy is something of a father substitute. For years the role of mistress has suited her but then, suddenly, this style of relationship isn't enough for either of them. They've both had enough of sneaking around and avoiding people, so Guy has momentously made up his mind to leave his wife Laura and marry Merrion.

Marrying the Mistress dives into the shock waves that buffet the Stockdale family after Guy leaves Laura. The novel addresses the question of how his sons are going to cope, the explosive opinions of his forthright daughter-in-law Carrie and what his teenage grandchildren make of it all. Can any of them avoid taking sides? Should they? And what about the abandoned wife Laura, a woman apparently so long-sufferingly self-sacrificing she makes Mother Teresa look selfish?

From queen of the aga saga Joanna Trollope comes a dexterous portrayal of the causes and effects of marital breakdown: the stresses, the battle of wills, the bitterness and personal growth, the renegotiation of relationships--and an exposure of the depths to which the moral high ground can sink. --Lisa Gee


"Particularly rich and satisfying" (Mail on Sunday)

"Clever, clever, clever... probes right to the heart of a typically modern dilemma" (Daily Mail)

"Brilliant" (Spectator)

"A swift and riveting read" (The Times)

"This is Trollope at her best" (Woman & Home)

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Trollope, Joanna
Published by Bloomsbury (2006)
ISBN 10: 0747588686 ISBN 13: 9780747588689
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