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Byline: Lucy Wilson

Rhode Island Blues by Fay Weldon (Flamingo, pounds 6.99)

THIS book is a reminder that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

Sophia is a single, successful film editor whose professional kudos is boosted when she starts an affair with a famous film director. She has only one living relative, her rich and independent grandmother, Felicity, in America.

When Sophia hears about other relatives she might have but has never seen, she imagines the perfect family is waiting. She sets out to trace them, longing for the sort of family commitments and duties her friends are always complaining about.

Needless to say, the reality is somewhat different and it's left to Felicity to sort out the mess.

For anyone familiar with Fay Weldon's writing there are no great surprises, but it's quite entertaining and recommended holiday or bedtime reading.


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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Dec 8, 2001
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