The Spa

The Spa

by Fay Weldon
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The Spa by Fay Weldon

Fay Weldon’s latest novel, The Spa, is full of all the biting humor and glittering prose that made her name. Always sharp tongued and occasionally libidinous, it offers a glimpse of the despairs and dalliances of a set of high-powered women who have burned paths through—and sometimes been burned by—their worlds and the men in them. It is the week between Christmas and New Year’s, and ten high-achieving ladies are gathered at the expensive Castle Spa, seeking to rejuvenate themselves with Botox, aromatherapy, and all-around pampering. They lounge around in the Jacuzzi, sipping champagne, and telling each other the stories of their lives. The Trophy Wife recounts her spell in a Greek prison; the Brain Surgeon tells of twins and mistaken identity; the Judge describes a sex change that allowed him to judge the pleasures of the bedroom from both male and female perspectives; and the Stepmother remembers her unforgettable story, a reversal of Cinderella’s, with the stepmother fated to play the victim. The Spa is a darkly funny sketch of a group of women who, despite prejudice, imprisonment, domestic catastrophes and romantic debacles, have risen to the top of their respective worlds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802144058
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/03/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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The Spa 1.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Using a title and cover design to hook readers is underhanded. You expect to get something more engaging than what you do. While a summary of the lives of each woman is interesting on the surface, albeit boring at many times, the author does not delve into any of the characters in depth. The reader is not even able to connect with main character at a deeper level because you still don't get a sense of who she is in her daily life outside the spa. What's going on? What are the juicy details? And you never hear her story, not even at the end. It doesn't leave something to be desired, it creates disappointment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
By the time I finished, I wanted my time back. Characters uninteresting and completely not likeable. Some chapters were un-readable (almost written in stream of consciousness), others just totally without merit. Complete waste of time.
LC112648LC More than 1 year ago
The Spa The only thing good was the cover - otherwise, B O R I N G ! ! !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A total waist of time! I wanted a refund after i read this. No detail, no depth. Terrible. This book should be free.
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