Wednesday 25 October 2006

Book ~ "Immediate Family" - Eileen Goudge (2006)

From ~ Friendship among four Princeton grads stands the test of time in Goudge's latest work of flowery but satisfying women's fiction. Jay Gunderson, Franny Richman, Stevie Light and Emerson Fitzgibbons reconnect at their 15-year reunion, which marks the novel's beginning. Over the course of the story, each character faces life-changing events.

Franny, a literary agent with a ticking biological clock, is frantically searching for "Mr. Right on Time." With help of her best friend, Jay, an ad executive and father-to-be married to the gorgeous French Vivienne, she arrives at an unorthodox solution with surprising long-term repercussions.

For Stevie, a spitfire entertainment reporter, commitment fears stem from growing up without a father. Now she fends off a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Ryan, while she discovers a father she never knew.

Blueblood Emerson, a divorced single mom and PR exec, discreetly loves a man with whom an open relationship might be "social suicide".

The narrative bogs down with an abundance of description, but Goudge wraps up the novel with happy endings for all.

It's been a while since I've read chit lit and this was a nice diversion on the elliptical machine at the gym. It was quick paced and, yes, there is a happy ending for all.


Jay said...

I don't usually (or ever) read chick lit either, but I do have a fondness of lighter fare at the gym. I'm currently reading a Salman Rushdie, which is very involved, so I have a David Sedaris for the gym and Atwood short stories for long as I can keep all the plots straight, I'm good to go.

RennyBA said...

Hmmmmm, skeptical, but if you insist LoL
Thanks for your visit and comment about my 'your requests about Norway' post. Your's are already answered:-)