Tom and Annie's kids have grown up, the mortgage is do-able, and they're about to get a gorgeous new, state-of-the-art French stove. But beneath the veneer of professional success and domestic security, their marriage is crumbling, and they've settled into simply being two strangers living under the same roof. Until the economy falls apart. Suddenly the dull but oddly comfortable predictability of their lives is upended by financial calamity. As their world shrinks, Tom and Annie are forced closer together, and the chaos around them threatens to sweep away the bitterness and frustration.
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by Elizabeth Buchan
by Elizabeth Berg
by Scarlett Thomas
by Elizabeth McCracken
by Elizabeth Beacon
by Elizabeth Mckenzie
by Elizabeth Camden
by Elizabeth Peters
by Elizabeth Lenhard
"Elizabeth Buchan writes convincingly about the lives of contemporary middle-aged, middle-class English women. In SEPARATE BEDS, she tells the depressing but all-too-believable story of Annie Nicholson, whose dysfunctional family is impacted by job losses, festering jealousies, elder care issues, and a custody battle. Narrator Sarah LeFevre presents this story of family schisms and psychological pain in a crisp, straightforward manner. Her characters are well defined, and she moves smoothly from one voice to another, ensuring that listeners are never confused about who is speaking. While her voice has little humor or warmth, it appears that she's following though on the author's intent. This novel grimly captures the nuances of family dynamics in today's stressful times. D.L.G. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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