The Last Laugh

The Last Laugh

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Since their children left home, Ruth, Dania, and Bess have grown used to living wonderfully free lives. Only now they're beset by children again--this time, their grandchildren. In order to escape, they decide to run away to Greece together for a year. At first, settled on a glorious island, barefoot and contented, they think they've rediscovered the wheel. But then things begin to go awry. Dionysus, a local poet, takes up with Bess, at least until his wife gets wind of things. Dania, a therapist, is being stalked by one of her patients. And Ruth's ex-lover turns up out of the blue, closely followed by the man who lost Bess her fortune. It doesn't help when the children and grandchildren also start turning up whenever they feel like it. As Bess writes in one of Ruth's weekly "Granny à Go Go" columns, this is not an Enchanted April sort of year.
Publisher: New York : Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374286651
0374286655
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: x, 188 pages ; 22 cm

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xiaojunbpl12
Oct 26, 2017

Greek isles and Aegean Sea lured me to the tales of “old bags”, and memoirs of life lived to the overripe - perspective of one (of three), who’s more sane and also a writer. Too many points (age, relationship, family, life’s elusiveness, joyful sacrifice...) hanging there, fail to weave into a worthwhile (multi purpose? nice try, not even single use) net. Lukewarm funny with light laughter, ends with blissful comfort.
To me, Bess stands out.

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laphampeak
Oct 09, 2017

Unusual, but freedom seeking, women of a certain age provide a humorous perspective of life in the present reflected by family and exes from their the past. These 4 women who stay in Greece want no responsibilities of their past selves. They have opinions on men, children, and grand-kids. The story seemed somewhat incohesive as the characters did their thing. I did enjoy the wit that comes from a 60+ generation.

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imagenel
Oct 05, 2017

OY !!! 'arlequin pot boiler about 'orny/ornery/restless grannies who had to deal with lovers/ex-hubbies, children/grandchildren, etc.....even the Greek island setting is zzzzz?

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lblundell
Oct 04, 2017

Tries to be Shirley Valentine without success.

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Ana63
Sep 29, 2017

very hard to follow

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brangwinn
Sep 04, 2017

I guess I was expecting a mature version of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants but the only connection between the two is the setting in Greece. I thought I’d have a lot in common with the three friends in their 70’s who come to Greece for an extended holiday, but I connected with none of them or their families.

jyaremchuk Aug 29, 2017

Wanted to be amused and entertained, but a group of "women of a certain age" complaining did not do it for me.

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