Sisters Marilyn and Marlene are both named after Hollywood stars. But that is where the similarity ends.
Marlene is the one with her life in perfect control – anything from fashion and her house to her life partner and ovulation. Still it is the enchanting 'My' who finds it easier to make friends – and have children.
But as we enter the narrative, it is My that we feel sorry for. She has lost both her husband and her home – not to mention her self-confidence. All of this because her playboy-type husband cheated with the nanny. Together with her daughter Amanda, My has moved back in with her mother. This is where she learn to know the gossipers, the pony-tail-man and the child protection services. But she also learns to stand up straight when everything around her falls to pieces.
Charming and well-written!
This is a charming book, easy to read, funny and well-written. It has a colourful character gallery and just the right amount of complications. I am again struck by how brilliantly Siri Østli masters this genre.
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