By Patricia Scanlan
(Thomas Dunne Books, Hardcover, 9780312301729, 384pp.)
Publication Date: September 2002
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As the novel opens, Francesca's banker husband is supposedly off to a conference in Brussels. But when she drops him off at the airport, he forgets his cell phone. Considerate wife that she is, Francesca parks the car, and hurries to catch him before his plane leaves. She catches him all right, just as he's passionately kissing one of his female colleagues like there's no tomorrow.
But there is a tomorrow, and what happens in the days to follow is hilarious. Readers will cheer for Francesca all the way to her triumphant revenge. . . .
Patricia Scanlan was born in Dublin, where she still lives. Her huge bestselling success in Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom has enable her to devote most of her time to writing; she was previously a librarian. When she isn't working on a new novel, she teaches creative writing, works on litearacy projects, and does silk painting. Patricia Scanlan's novels have been translated worldwide.
"The dialogue is crisp and intelligent, and there are plenty of amusing scenes . . . that will have readers cheering. Scanlan shows that living well is indeed the best revenge."
- Publishers Weekly
"[R]eminiscent of Elizabeth Berg's Open House . . . Fans of women's fiction and authors like Maeve Binchy will enjoy."
- Karen Core, Library Journal
"Patricia Scanlan is a very talented author who entertains the sub-genre crowd with a strong contemporary character study."
- Harriet Klausner, Midwest Book Review
"Poignant, entertaining, and believable . . . Patricia Scanlan's best book."
- Irish Independent (UK)
"Scanlan's writing is perfectly pitched . . . her fans will love this book . . . [its] her best book yet."
- Irish Times (UK)