The Ukrainian-Canadian housewives of idyllic 1960s Kalyna Beach, Ontario, find that show business scandal has far-reaching power in this latest from Canadian novelist Keefer, her first published in the U.S. While their husbands work, former model Sonia Martyn and friends spend the summer of 1963 watching their children on the beach and reading racy books to discuss over Friday cocktails, while the kids test the limits of their mothers' supervisory skills and traditional Ukrainian values. Moms and daughters alike have become enchanted by the new film Cleopatra and the scandalous love affair between stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. When the beautiful, sad wife of a local millionaire embarks on her own misbegotten affair, the ladies of Kalyna Beach feel their familiar world shift, opening up novel possibilities for freedom and betrayal. Keefer neatly captures the security and claustrophobia of immigrant communities, but diffuses her story's power with too many points of view. Just as the ladies' books cannot match the drama in their lives, this story only begins to capture the personal cost of immigration and assimilation. (Jan.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Ladies' Lending Libraryby Janice Kulyk Keefer
It is August of 1963, the year of the Taylor/Burton film epic Cleopatra, showcasing a passion too grand to be contained on the movie screen. The women of the Kalyna Beach cottage community gather for gin and gossip, trading the current racy bestsellers among themselves as they seek a brief escape from the predictable rhythms of children and chores. But dramatic
It is August of 1963, the year of the Taylor/Burton film epic Cleopatra, showcasing a passion too grand to be contained on the movie screen. The women of the Kalyna Beach cottage community gather for gin and gossip, trading the current racy bestsellers among themselves as they seek a brief escape from the predictable rhythms of children and chores. But dramatic change is coming this summer as innocence falters and the desire for change reaches a boiling point, threatening to disrupt the warm, sweet, heady days and the lives of parents and children, family and friends, forever.
- HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication date:
- Product dimensions:
- 5.32(w) x 7.92(h) x 0.79(d)
Meet the Author
Janice Kulyk Keefer is widely acclaimed for her novels, short story collections, poetry, and nonfiction. The Ladies' Lending Library is her fifth novel. She lives in Toronto.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
See all customer reviews
I first bought this book back in May, I believe. Due to me still having other novels to read, this one sat on my bookshelf for a good six months until I was done, and was capable of reading it. Even in the first few pages, I was already bored out of my mind. The plot wasn't clear, and the novel lacked potential. Though the writing was very well-done, the story still didn't make any sense to me. The mood is very dreary and depressing, and they change the subject from one thing to the other, which makes it even more confusing. I am still reading it, though I dread the thought of going back, and seeing the novel drag on, yet again. So, lately, I have put the book down for a while.
This book was beyond boring. The writing was not intriguing in the least, so what could have been made in to a decent novel was lost. The book was actually depressing as well and it lacked blantant interest and suspense. I didn't even finish the book because it was like walking through mud.
Very dreary in mood, which reflects the main characters' state of mind, but makes it hard to care about them. Not an uplifting book. Leaves you wanting more.