Separate Beds: A Novel

Separate Beds: A Novel

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by Elizabeth Buchan, Sarah Le Fevre
     
 

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Unabridged, 10 CDs, 13 hours

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

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Unabridged, 10 CDs, 13 hours

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

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly Audio
Buchan's novel about a family unraveling, then putting itself back together, has mixed results on audio. The dramatic scenes that move the plot forward are very effective: Tom painfully revealing to Annie that he's lost his job and, later, that he lost thousands in the stock market; Jocasta abandoning Jake and their baby; Emily finding long-lost sister Mia. But the many long, wordy sections in which backstory is exhaustively explained, or in which Annie repeatedly ponders her relationship with Tom, become tedious. This is one audiobook that could have benefited from judicious abridging to tighten it up. On the positive side, Sarah Le Fevre is an able narrator; she voices the characters with emotion and empathy, and creates distinctive voices, particularly for sharp-tonged Jocasta and quavery, elderly Hermione. A Viking hardcover. (Apr.)
Publishers Weekly
The prolific Buchan (Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman) paints an achingly touching portrait of a marriage and family in crisis, hobbled by economic recession and long-buried emotions. For middle-class Londoners Annie and Tom Nicholson--she's a hospital administrator, he's a BBC exec --the abrupt departure of their eldest daughter, Mia ("I won't be forgiving you and Dad anytime soon," she writes), exposes more than the fissures between parents who've drifted apart. It puts unbearable strain on Mia's twin, Jake, a single parent with a foundering business, and sister Emily, a struggling writer. This good-natured, misguided family stumbles haplessly toward a breaking point when Tom loses his job, and Jake, baby Maisie, and Tom's mum, Hermione, all move in. Suddenly, what had seemed a well-tended life becomes threadbare and crowded with shared disappointment, fear, and need. Here's a textured, layered story of love that builds on trust, founders on lies, and then finally discovers something to believe in. Buchan masterfully captures the Nicholsons' personal story with her richly drawn characters--and makes it reflect all of our own frazzled--and salvageable--lives. (Jan.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142428856
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
01/20/2011
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 5.55(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Buchan is the author of several highly acclaimed and bestselling books of fiction, including the bestselling Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman, The Good Wife Strikes Back, Everything She Thought She Wanted, and Consider the Lily.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
London, England
Date of Birth:
May 21, 1948
Place of Birth:
Guildford, Surrey, England
Education:
Upper Second Honours Degree in English Literature and History, University of Kent at Canterbury, 1970

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Separate Beds 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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kimbo0712 More than 1 year ago
The story was quite relevant - long married couple gets bored with each other and then is rocked by the economic crisis. But too many tough situations arose within one family to make it realistic. I would prefer one to two of the storylines to have more detail and character development. I listed to the book on CD and thought I must be missing some CDs because I only had one left to listen to and there were a lot of open ends. The story unfolded slowly, and then BAM it was all neatly tied up in one or two chapters. Kept me busy while exercising at the gym, but not a great read.
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Chanel5Girl More than 1 year ago
I find it commendable that an author decieded to write about the obvious recession as well as a marriage's frissures exposed in this novel. The delivery of this book was poor and at times I considered putting it down reasoning that I could be spending my time more enjoyably. However, I'm glad I didn't. Ms.Buchan satisfies all the issues introduced and I felt this book would be best delivered in a person by person, not a chapter book. Overall, I like the idea of it and feels it does need work. Her writing reminds me of Jane Green.
HLDCO More than 1 year ago
I really disliked this book. I simply could not get through it and at last just put it down, it was not worth the time. About halfway through, the characters were still agonizing and whining over the same things, having made no progress whatever. This might be true in real life, but in a novel, I expect some forward movement. I started skipping ahead huge chunks, 10 then 30 pages, only to find them still picking at the same scabs. It was, in my opinion, just unreadable. Finally, there wasn't one personality in the book that I warmed to; they were--every one of them--self-indulgent, self-pitying, insular and over-privileged. Profoundly unlikeable characters. Just not for me.
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