Separate Beds

Separate Beds

A Novel

Book - 2011
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A story of economic breakdown and romantic recovery from the author of Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman .

Tom and Annie's kids have grown up, the mortgage is do-able, and they're about to get a gorgeous new, state-of-the-art French stove. Life is good- or so it seems. Beneath the veneer of professional success and domestic security, their marriage is crumbling, eaten away by years of resentment, loneliness, and the fall out from the estrangement of their daughter, and they've settled into simply being two strangers living under the same roof.

Until the economy falls apart.

Suddenly the dull but oddly comfortable predictability of their lives is upended by financial calamity-Tom loses his job, their son returns home, and Tom's mother moves in with them. As their world shrinks, Tom and Annie are forced closer together, and the chaos around them threatens to sweep away their bitterness and frustration, refreshing and possibly restoring the love that had been lying beneath all along.

In Separate Beds , Elizabeth Buchan has captured the concerns and joys of contemporary women, and her timely, warm, and funny novel tracks the ebb and flow of family, fortune, and love that is familiar to so many readers.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2011.
ISBN: 9780670022366
Characteristics: 372 p. ; 22 cm.

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debwalker Apr 05, 2011

"This domestic drama is set in London....a long-married couple's bitter disappointments, the strains of caring for multiple generations within a household, the emotional and financial devastation of losing a job. The narrative occasionally veers toward soap opera-even a stray dog who wanders into the picture is a victim of abuse-but maudlin it isn't. Buchan keeps things lively and true with her spot-on observations, richly drawn characters and a dry British humor that proves even the most hellish predicaments can be entertaining."
Reviewed by Robin Micheli
People Magazine Feb 7, 2011

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