Splitting

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Splitting swoops with dizzying ease among the conflicting perspectives of a woman whose personality, in the face of her impending divorce, has slivered into a chorus of bickering interior voices, each with its own very distinct tastes and agendas. Ranging from former teen pop star to hapless titled wife, Angelica runs riot over London and its environs, chauffeured by the roguishly handsome Ram - who manages to sleep with all of her selves, sometimes simultaneously. A sharp and funny portrait of divorce, Splitting...
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Overview

Splitting swoops with dizzying ease among the conflicting perspectives of a woman whose personality, in the face of her impending divorce, has slivered into a chorus of bickering interior voices, each with its own very distinct tastes and agendas. Ranging from former teen pop star to hapless titled wife, Angelica runs riot over London and its environs, chauffeured by the roguishly handsome Ram - who manages to sleep with all of her selves, sometimes simultaneously. A sharp and funny portrait of divorce, Splitting captures brilliantly the chaotic rhythms of a woman in crisis as it chronicles Angelica's disintegration into a handful of "perforated" personalities. No one writes with shrewder insight about women and that ambiguous and overriding presence in their lives, men, than Fay Weldon. This is a journey rich with her wit, wisdom, and very original narrative power.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Divorce is one kind of split; adding an alternate personality is another. Angelica Rice experiences both sorts in this highly improper sendup of proper English society as Weldon (The Life and Loves of a She-Devil) inventively tweaks stereotypical doting wives, vengeful-goddess types, efficient office workers, saucy sexpots and-per usual-men, by giving Angelica distinct personalities corresponding to each. As a young woman, Angelica isn't entirely neurotic; after a career as a 17-year-old pop star (of ``Kinky Virgin'' song fame), she weds country gentleman Sir Edwin Rice. Although her well-bred neighbors conduct unseemly affairs in classic comedy-of-manners fashion, Angelica remains loyal to Sir Edwin and styles herself as the prim ``Lady Rice.'' But when, in her 30s, her 16-year marriage founders, Lady Rice experiences the reemergence of her earthy ``Angelica'' self, as well as the arrival of the pragmatic ``Jelly White.'' Lady Rice is perfectly appalled when a lusty fourth identity seduces her chauffeur, and then a fifth self-a tough guy named ``Ajax''-threatens to thrash Sir Edwin. Angelica, we learn, is not so much split as ``perforated''-her personalities can cooperate with or challenge each other's actions. Meanwhile, Weldon again proves herself one of a kind, a smart satirist whose playful exploration of psychology reveals society's fault lines and fractures. 50,000 first printing; major ad/promo; author tour; rights: Ed Victor Ltd. (June)
Library Journal
Weldon's trademark astringent style and sardonic view of the relationships between men and women, shown to perfection in Life Force (LJ 12/91), are equally well demonstrated in this novel about a woman who goes to pieces when her marriage breaks up. When Lord Edwin Rice unjustly accuses his wife of infidelity and asks for a divorce, her personality "perforates" into four parts, consisting of Angelica, the former rock singer who, as a teenager, loved Edwin and married him; Jelly, the working girl who gets a job with Edwin's lawyer and conveniently misplaces important papers having to do with the divorce; the libertine, Angel, who leads the other three in a series of sexual escapades; and, finally, the prim and proper Lady Rice. The four learn to accommodate their often humorous differences and get on with the process of healing. Both long-time Weldon fans and new readers will enjoy this novel. Recommended for most collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/95.]-Nancy Pearl, Washington Ctr. for the Book, Seattle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871136367
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Series: Weldon, Fay
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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