Marrying the Mistress

Marrying the Mistress

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What happens when the esteemed head of a family -- a judge, no less -- announces he is leaving a forty-year marriage to marry his mistress? And what if that mistress is hardly classic "mistress material" -- but a spirited, accomplished young woman who is -- to his family's universal dismay -- immensely likeable?

Marrying the Mistress is quintessential Trollope with a new perspective: that of the men in the family. Here are sons who could envision themselves being tempted by their father's new bride; mothers who cling forever to primacy in their sons' affection; teenagers with insights clearer than their parents'. Joanna Trollope combines her trademark sensitivity with an unsentimental honesty that makes this book her most true to life ever.

Publisher: Rockland, Mass. : Compass Press, 2000.
ISBN: 9781568959108
Branch Call Number: FIC Troll
Characteristics: 381 pages


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Apr 14, 2015

This has got to be one of the most consistently readable authors I've ever found. All her books (so far, anyway!) have been interesting, funny in spots, enlightening in others and basically the kind of book you hate to put down.

Aug 30, 2013

This is just woeful. I expected a LOT better from Joanna Trollope. Pretentious, posturing, shrill family can't figure out why mother doesn't just lie down and take it when her husband of forty years leaves her for a woman half his age. Mother herself is shrill at times but we are never given to understand why her pain is supposed to be untenable, even when everyone gets all cozy with the mistress. Ending very unsatisfying. Actually - unsatisfying all the way through. Not sure why I kept reading it - perhaps I thought Trollope would redeem herself before the end? She didn't.

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