37: A Novel by Maria Beaumont

By Maria Beaumont

At the eve of her thirty-seventh birthday, Fran Clark unearths herself in a job she may by no means have expected: that of an incredibly determined housewife. As Fran halfheartedly makes an attempt to relaunch her once-vibrant occupation as a voiceover artist and obsesses over maintaining with the ruthless moms' scene at her kid's tuition, she starts off to gain that her thirty-seventh 12 months is not going to resemble the midlife bliss she had imagined. in its place, she makes excuses for the truth that she's depressed and ingesting -- much. but if Fran realizes she has failed her kids one too time and again, and starts off to suspect her husband is having an affair, she understands she has hit all-time low. it's Fran's closest pals who eventually come to her rescue. She learns to thank them for her salvation -- no longer simply because they're there for her, yet simply because she discovers tips on how to be there for them. Literate and good written, 37 is a searingly intimate and compulsively readable novel, a truly glossy diary of a (not really) mad housewife. packed with acute, usually bitingly humorous observations approximately motherhood, friendship, and the claustrophobia of suburbia, this pitch-perfect novel will resonate with any lady who has ever been afflicted with self-doubt. 37 is Maria Beaumont's 3rd novel. After the mums from her little ones' tuition have accomplished along with her, it can be her final.

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So why should this week feel different? Because of one silly hotel bill? I think about all the nights I’ve sat alone with the TV remote since Richard was promoted. He could be the world’s best cheat, for all I know. Fitting in countless fleeting affairs between trips to France to see his other wife and three children. But if he is, if we are really talking worst-case scenario, do I really want to know? I take a gulp—no longer a sip—of wine, and Sureya gives me a look. “What is that? ” “Sureya! ” “Sorry, no.

Not American. More Canadian. The way she made out sound like oat—definitely Canadian. “Be there in two minutes,” Richard calls out as she turns to go. It can’t be her. He wouldn’t introduce his wife to someone he was screwing, would he? He’d have gone all shifty and awkward, and the truth would have been irrefutable. But actually, he didn’t introduce me as his wife, did he? And she didn’t hang around to make conversation either. God, my head is a mess. Spinning around faster than Kylie Minogue’s bum in the video.

As unfamiliar and misshapen as these new teeth are, they’re beautiful. He’s beautiful. sit in a corner. I’m cradling a glass of wine. Thomas is a Diet Coke junkie, but this house is a fizz-free zone, so his hands are drinkless. We watch Richard and Molly work the room—she’s her father’s daughter, all right. His looks, his charisma, his ability to make people warm to her by simply being. I put my arm around Thomas’s shoulder. It’s a reflex; a response to Richard taking Molly’s hand as he encourages her to tell Elaine about her performance as a tree in her assembly last week.

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