40 Love

40 Love

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Baker & Taylor
A hardcover re-release of the author's first novel, originally titled The Tennis Party, shows what happens when a weekend tennis party becomes a hilarious, wicked study of modern marriage for four very different couples of varying economic, social and interest levels as together they encountered two days of anger, shock, revelations and romance.

McMillan Palgrave
Everyone wins this game of literary tennis, a comedy of manners about envy in which Wickham skewers the nouveau riche. At their country estate, Patrick Chance and his wife host a weekend tennis party. As four couples gather on the sunny terrace, it seems obvious who among them is succeeding, and who is falling behind. But by the end of the party, nothing will be quite as certain. While the couples’ children amuse themselves with pony rides and rehearsals for a play, the adults suffer a series of personal revelations and crises. Wickham’s nonstop action reveals at every turn that matters may not be as they seem, and in the end one thing is crystal clear: the weekend is about anything but tennis.

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A weekend tennis party becomes study of modern marriage for four very different couples of varying economic, social, and interest levels as together they encounter two days of anger, shock, revelations, and romance.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2011, c1995
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312562755
Branch Call Number: FIC WIC
Characteristics: 276 p. ;,25 cm.


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JewelMcLatchy Sep 18, 2013

This is a good place to start if you're a Sophie Kinsella fan and want to read the author's books as written by Madeleine Wickham. Just keep in mind that they are not as fluffy as the Kinsella books and are meant to be more "realistic", moreso in the sense that there are affairs, business deals gone wrong, etc. than everyday people actually having millions of pounds or dollars to worry about. Bottom line: Wickham's novels are on subjects less frivolous than the shopping addictions in Kinsella's works.

Jul 11, 2013

Light easy read, but not particularly funny or memorable.

Sep 28, 2012

full of secrets and characters you can love to hate or hate to love.. and my opinions of the characters completely changed as the novel went on (I ended up liking the ones I disliked at first, and disliking the ones I initially liked). a couple good laughs in there too. easy to read in 1 or 2 sittings. mindless and entertaining.

Jul 10, 2012

An interesting romp through a weekend tennis party in the English countryside home of the upwardly mobile. A fast read but none of the characters are particularly likeable.

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