Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Stepmother's Diary by Fay Weldon

Sappho was so happy when she married Gavin. She was in love and it seemed that at last everything was falling into place. But she hadn't considered his daughter, Isobel. She is a delightful, charming girl who spends her school holidays caring for the elderly and is the apple of Gavin's eye. Now cast in the role of Wicked Stepmother, Sappho tries all she can to befriend Isobel and find her place in the new family. It's not easy, but no one had promised it would be. Sappho perseveres. But she has a history, and the history works against her. With warmth, wit and her unique insights into the workings of the female mind, Fay Weldon offers a brilliant, unsettling new novel about family life today. (from the publisher's notes).
Whenever I read one of Fay Weldon's novels, I am struck anew at how good she is. In the hands of a lesser writer, this could be quite an ordinary tale, but in Weldon's hands, it is anything but. The Stepmother's Tale has all the attributes we have come to expect from Weldon - it's clever and witty, with unexpected twists. Another great read from a gifted author.

Rating - I give this 5/5

Get this from the library

Reviewed by Jan @ Ballarat branch

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