Gaah, this book. Doling out the suspense in teaspoon-size increments.
Anna is the current wife of Tom, who used to be married to Rachel. These three live near each other (Can you imagine? Bring on the pain!). The women in the story get their own points of view (Is this a feminist novel?) The male characters are either: a) louts; b) stinking ex-es; c) handsome unscrupulous jerks or d) clue-less. Hey, maybe this IS a feminist novel!
One day, when Anna is stuck at home minding the baby, she feels nostalgia: “I miss being a mistress.”
Yes. One day Anna’s flirting with Tom at an office party. Next thing you know, she’s a lonely stay-at-home mom.
On the idea of mistresses: there are a lot of them.
In Manila, self was included in an anthology of short stories all dedicated to “the mistress.” The title was Querida, something like that. (Suddenly, self realizes she never got her contributor copies. Why?)
This was Dearest Mum’s reaction to a short story self had written: “That’s not realistic,” Dearest Mum said. “There’s no such thing as an ugly mistress in Manila.”
Oh, Dearest Mum, you are hysterical!
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.