“You know that nightmare you’ve always had? The one where you wake up one day to find yourself fat, frumpy, fifty and alone? I’m living it.” Maddy Nelson has an idyllic existence: a handsome husband, great kids, a comfortable, affluent lifestyle. One morning soon after she turns fifty, however, she wakes up in her San Francisco home to find her husband Steven announcing that he’s leaving her for a woman half her age. And a third of her size. Ouch! Feeling totally unmoored and grieving for her married life and husband, Maddy finds herself thrust into an unfamiliar and uncomfortable world of middle-aged singledom. There, she must come to terms with her situation and embark on her new life: divorce proceedings, single parenting, internet dating, and trying to earn a living. It’s enough to drive her over the brink. To help her cope, she shares her struggles in a smart, wry blog named The Blasphemy Box, after her ex-husband’s obnoxious habit of having her drop a quarter into a wooden box every time she said something off color. Her madcap middle-aged adventures find her devoted readers who identify with her challenges. In time, Maddy recreates herself and finds happiness in the arms of a good man, and a fulfilling new career as a novelist.
Mandy Behbehani grew up in England and now lives in California. She holds a journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and is a professional journalist whose work has appeared in a variety of publications from the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle to W magazine, Town & Country magazine and Travel & Leisure magazine.
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Now for my Review...
The Blasphemy Box by Mandy Behbehani
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is about the remarkable journey of an older woman reinventing herself after her husband of twenty years leaves her for a young woman. It’s a witty, enjoyable read, and the fact that I read the whole thing when I’ve never finished a book written in present tense before says a lot. It’s well-written and held my interest.
I think anyone who has ever been divorced or thought about divorce can relate in a way that will touch their soul. It brings up great issues about men, letting go, giving yourself another chance at life, learning to fight for what you need even if you hate confrontation. True to life accounts really give you the full spectrum of the emotions that creep up during the divorce experience, and I think anyone going through it for the first time should read this book immediately! The Blasphemy Box was a wonderful reading experience.
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