When Sukie’s husband shacks up with her Pilates instructor, her domestic drama becomes the talk of her small Georgia town. Friends from her married life prove fickle, and Sukie hides at home, terrified of encountering the town gossips at the grocery store. Betsy, Sukie’s neighbor, invites her to join “Fat Fridays,” a weekly gathering at a local café where the women order whatever they crave—no calories counted. Over sausage pizza and sage advice, Sukie gets a grip on her new life and learns to love her freedom.
Judith Keim’s warm, funny novel offers moving glimpses into each of the five women’s very different lives. As they struggle to deal with cruel exes, frustrating families, and forbidden love, the women offer one another the kind of friendship that is as rich and nurturing as their Friday feasts.
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About the Author
Judith Keim has loved stories and reading since she was a young girl. She spent hot summer afternoons lost in novels, traveling from her porch in upstate New York to far-flung fictional destinations. Her writing has been featured in Chicken Soup to Inspire a Woman’s Soul and Summer in Mossy Creek, a Belle Books novel. She has been selected as a finalist in numerous RWA contests. Under the name J.S. Keim, she has also published middle-grade fantasy novels as well as short stories for children in Highlights, Jack and Jill, and Children’s Playmate. Keim lives in Boise, Idaho, with her husband and their long-haired dachshund, Winston.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a story of friendship, hope, and new beginnings. Narrator Joyce Bean does an excellent job giving each character their own unique sound. Her accents and cadence are spot on. She holds your attention from beginning to end with her clarity and energetic voicings. She handles the varying emotions with great ease. Author Judith Keim has crafted wholesome characters readers/listeners can relate to. The characters are well-developed, realistic, and easy to like. The bond of friendship that grows between the group of unlikely women speaks volumes for how individuals sometimes come together when you least expect it. The small-town setting enhances the story giving it a friendly feel. The story moves quickly changing to different members of the group with each chapter in a smooth continuous flow. The story speaks to the heart of how everyone has problems and how friendships help us weather those troubles. With a mix of humor, romance, a touch of mystery, and loads of loyalty, this is a great start to a fun new series. FAT FRIDAYS is a nurturing look at how a group of friends care about each other and face the world head on. FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this audio book was sent to me by the publisher. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
Favorite Quotes: Her mother-in-law's smooth, oversprayed hair would frizz in a minute if she knew what Tiffany really thought about her, the family's phoniness, and the stomach-clenching way they made her feel. The woman's narrow face and small dark eyes reminded her of watercolor drawings of a weasel she'd recently seen in a picture book. Gasping like a goldfish whose bowl has just been shattered, Edythe stared at Sukie wide-eyed. My Review: Small town small minds are in full force with their own special blend of Southern judgmental sniping and vicious gossip - even during church. Having spent my unfortunate formative years in a similar inbred hamlet, I concur with Ms. Keim's astute observations and insights. Five women met for lunch every Friday and actually eat what they want without care of calories - hence the Fat in the Fat Fridays title - so clever. I adored the premise, storyline, and odd collection of characters. Each woman was facing their own personal challenges and found solace and uplifting support in their weekly lunch meetings, which expanded to more frequent everyday contacts and deeper friendships. They treated each other better than their own families and banded together to form an alliance when their selfish and priggish family members turned against them. Written from a third person POV, the narrative was well-paced, intriguing, eventful, engaging, and entertaining. I am more than eager to dive into the next installment I see listed as Sassy Saturdays. This was first Judith Keim experience, and I was an instant fan.
I saw this book on NetGalley and fell in love with the cover. I decided to start it yesterday and I could not put it down. While this isn't my usual genre, I do like to read outside the box and this book was fantastic. I was captivated from page one, as the story moved on, I felt such a close bond with all the ladies in the Fat Friday group. Sukie is devastated to find her husband Ted in bed with her pilates instructor. She hides herself in the house, embarrassed by the rumors going through the grapevine. When her friend Betsey invites her to lunch, Sukie has no idea of the friendships she will make from the members of the Fat Friday group. Soon Sukie is an important part of the group and she will do anything she can to help her new friends. This story tells a wild tale of love, hate, abuse, friendship and so much more. Yo will laugh and cry throughout this story and believe me when I tell you, you won't be disappointed. I voluntarily read an ARC of this book and all thoughts and opinions are my own.