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Lynn Freed: The Last Laugh

Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781250182104
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pub Date: 10/07/2018
  • Category: Fiction & related items / Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
  • Imprint: Picador US
  • Pages: 208
  • Price: $24.99

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. Dionysos, 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 au Go Go” columns, this is not an Enchanted April sort of year.

Lynn Freed’s previous novels have received rave reviews everywhere from The New York Times Book Review (“Makes us laugh while packing, finally, a punch”), to the Los Angeles Times Book Review (“Deeply absorbing and ambitious . . . Astonishingly vivid”). In The Last Laugh she returns with a beautifully written and funny novel about money, sex, friendship, and the pleasures and perils of children.

Author Information

Lynn Freed's books include six novels, a collection of stories, and a collection of essays. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, and The Atlantic, among many other publications. She is the recipient of the inaugural Katherine Anne Porter Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two PEN/O. Henry Awards, and fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, among others.

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