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Fay Weldon is renowned for her biting humor and devilish prose. In her latest novel, The Spa , Weldon 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 Years and ten high-achieving ladies are gathered at the expensive Castle Spa. They lounge in the Jacuzzi, sipping champagne, and telling each other the story of their lives, starting with the trophy wifes tale of her spell in a Greek prison; the brain surgeons tale of twins and mistaken identity; the judges tale of a sex change that allowed him to experience pleasures from both male and female perspectives. The manicurist, the public speaker, the journalist, the company director, the ex-vicars wife, and the screenwriter all share their stories, ending with the stepmothers tale, a reversal of Cinderellas fate, with the stepmother as the victim. Sparkling, witty, always sharp-tongued, and occasionally libidinous, 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.

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ISBN:
9780802118646
Author:
Weldon, Fay
Publisher:
Grove Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Contemporary Women
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Health resorts
Subject:
Female friendship
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20080218
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 17 oz

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Fay Weldon is renowned for her biting humor and devilish prose. In her latest novel, The Spa , Weldon 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 Years and ten high-achieving ladies are gathered at the expensive Castle Spa. They lounge in the Jacuzzi, sipping champagne, and telling each other the story of their lives, starting with the trophy wifes tale of her spell in a Greek prison; the brain surgeons tale of twins and mistaken identity; the judges tale of a sex change that allowed him to experience pleasures from both male and female perspectives. The manicurist, the public speaker, the journalist, the company director, the ex-vicars wife, and the screenwriter all share their stories, ending with the stepmothers tale, a reversal of Cinderellas fate, with the stepmother as the victim. Sparkling, witty, always sharp-tongued, and occasionally libidinous, 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.
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