By Suzy Duffy
The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing, $27.99, 366 pages
Wellesley Wives by Suzy Duffy is an entertaining read that is both hilarious and at times heartbreaking. The primary theme of the book deals with relationships. There are several relationships of friends, lovers, siblings, children, parents and business associates that end, begin, strengthen and rebuild. Duffy’s characters are multifaceted gems that grow and change throughout the book.
“Muddle? I don’t think so. We’ll sail through—like swans—graceful on top and paddling like hell underneath.”
The main character is Popsy Power, whose life is turned upside down on her 50th birthday. Popsy has to start over after devastating losses, both emotional and financial. The plot also focuses on the dilemmas of Popsy’s daughters, which includes one marriage on shaky ground and another daughter getting involved with a much older married man. Duffy does wrap the novel up on a positive note, making it a great read. Any reader who enjoys women’s literature with a strong, character propelled plot would enjoy this book.
Reviewed by Jina Oravetz