All women want to kill their husbands some of the time. "Where there's a will, I intend to be in it", wives half-joke to each other. Marriage, it would appear, is a fun-packed frivolous hobby, only occasionally resulting in death. But when Jazz Jardine is arrested for her husband's murder, the joke falls flat.
Life should begin at 40, but not with life imprisonment for killing your spouse. Jazz, stay-at-home mum and domestic goddess; Hannah, childless career woman; and Cassie, demented working mother of two are three ordinary women. Their record collections are classical, not criminal. Cassie and Hannah set out immediately to prove their best friend's innocence, uncovering betrayal, adultery, plot twists, thinner thighs and toy boys aplenty en route. But will their friendship survive these ever darker revelations?
Sexy, funny, and wise, Kathy Lette's irresistible new novel is about women not Having It All but Doing It All. It's about how today's mother is often a married lone parent. It's about the fact that no woman has ever shot her husband while he was vacuuming. This is Kathy Lette at her brilliant best, casting her trademark caustic eye on what goes on in the bedrooms and kitchens of ordinary married couples. A novel that will strike a cord with married women everywhere and ensure that, from now on, they all read the small print on their marriage licences.
Kathy Lette is a straight-shooting, big-hearted, Aussie ex-pat who goes straight for the throat and the funny-bone of the middle-aged woman in her novels, articles, and works for the screen. Like an Australian Nora Ephron, Lette makes her audience a bit uncomfortable, but her sympathy never fails.
In How to Kill Your Husband, a novel, Aussie Caroline Lee performs in a slow, simple manner as she tells the story of Jazz Jardine, who is in prison for killing her husband, and Jazz’s middle-aged friends’ attempts to secure her exoneration. The set-up, of course, is just the English muffin; the butter is the musing on family, love, and age. This would make a good gift to a friend who is - or should be - divorced.
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Absolutely hideous on so many levels
I vaguely remember reading a Kathy Lette book in my teens and I had a recollection of it being quite funny. So either teenage me was very easily pleased or Lette's writing has slipped but this is painful to listen to; I'm now allergic to similes after I assume the author was trying to win a bet as to how many awful ones she could fit into a sentence and still get it past her editor. Lame storyline, unlikeable characters and I only stuck with as I assumed (wrongly) that it might get better.