Book Review - The First Wives Club Olivia Goldsmith

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The November book for @HelpMyBookClub was The First Wives Club by Olivia Goldsmith (I keep trying to say Olivia Coleman!)

You might the film with film with Bette Middler, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton as well as a whole host of famous faces.
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I haven't seen it for a long time and I have a feeling it's one of those films I've seen all of it but not all in one sitting and in the right order.

I was quite excited to read this, the power of 80's women V's 80's powerful men. 

1) About the book

Annie gets a call to say an old friend has died and her ex husbands wants her to contact her friends for the funeral the next day. 

Annie only manages to contact a couple of people. Elise and ageing divorced actress and Brenda and over weight divorcee. 

The have a common bond, they are all first wives and they have all been traded in for a newer, thinner, younger model. 

The book follows the journey and transformation of these three women and their respective ex husbands.

2) What did you like about the book?

I like the imaginary and the nostalgia of the 80's. This book was first published in 1991/92 so it would have been quite current at the time but It made me want to dig out Pretty Woman and all my John Hughes Movies and stick on an 80's mix tape. 

There are bits in the book in the beginning that feed through and if you notice them make sense later on. 

Each woman is very different but they have such a good and strong friendship that is very believable. They stick together, they are accepting of each other and they are supportive of each other. 

There are some tough topics covered from disability. One of the women has a daughter she has sent away to a school / community. In the beginning I was oh you can't do that but it's sensitively handled and it's not going into the dislike section of the review.

Other things covered include Adultery, divorce, domestic violence. Some parts are quite hard to read but it is also funny read and quite heart warming in places. 

I enjoyed  the transformations and role changes from ex wife to ex h 


3) What did you dislike about the book?
I disliked the body shaming elements, some of the language was awful (I'm a bit of a potty mouth and not shocked my strong language) Some of it was really unnecessary.

4) Round up

I would recommend reading this book if you liked the film. There are changes. I can't exactly say what they are because it's been such a long time since i've seen it but I will be watching it again soon.

Also if you want to hark back to some 80's nostalgia

5) Marks out of 5
3.5

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