An Actual Life

by Abigail Thomas | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1565121333 Global Overview for this book
Registered by CandyDarling of Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on 12/1/2004
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Journal Entry 1 by CandyDarling from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Wednesday, December 1, 2004
"It is too bad marriage doesn't come with attachments like a vacuum cleaner. You can't do anything with ours. Ours just sits there and blows hot air," says Virginia, the 19-year-old narrator of An Actual Life. Having gotten pregnant in the late 1950s after a single night of not so blissful sex, she is now mired in a joyless marriage. Her young husband Buddy works, goes to school, and ignores her, preferring to spend free time with his high school girlfriend Irene, whose marriage to Buddy's best friend Chick seems just as much of a sham. In the meantime, Virginia plays with their daughter Madeline, repeats every superstition she's ever heard--passing on the stairs is bad luck, a dropped knife heralds a man's arrival--and obsessively charts Buddy's comings and goings. Quirky humor makes the reader laugh and wince, while adept characterization and flowing prose add up to a wonderful, featherweight novel.

Journal Entry 2 by CandyDarling at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Released 11 yrs ago (1/25/2011 UTC) at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland

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Journal Entry 3 by EijaH at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Saturday, November 12, 2011
It was interesting to read what the life could have been in 1950s... Nice change for chic lit.

Journal Entry 4 by EijaH at Kauniainen, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Sunday, December 18, 2011
Gave it to a friend.

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