Pub: MacLehose Press
The story of a woman’s life, from childhood to death, somewhere in provincial France, from the 1950s to just shy of 2025.
She has doting parents, does well at school, finds a loving husband after one abortive attempt at passion, buys a big house with a moonlit terrace, makes decent money, has children, changes jobs, retires, grows old and dies. All in the comfort that the middle-classes have grown accustomed to.
But she’s bored.
She takes up all sorts of outlets to try to make something happen in her life: adultery, charity work, esotericism, manic house-cleaning, motherhood and various hobbies – each one abandoned faster than the last. But no matter what she does, her life remains unfocussed and unfulfilled. Nothing truly satisfies her, because deep down – just like the town where she lives – the landscape is non-descript, flat, horizontal.
The originality of this book is amazing..
I loved it.
We don’t really know who the woman in the story is, she is simply M.A. and this is a story about her as if told by someone else….genius, perfectly quirky and simply delightful.
I adored how three pages were spent describing the motor car and another three about a washing cycle…that I could totally identify with.
M.A. could be anyone.. me .. you..your mother.. from birth to death,, from childhood to marriage Madame Bouvary in the Suburbs is an absolute gem of a read.
It is a gentle and enlightening look at one girls life and all her fascinations, worries, dreams and realities. AND I have to mention the cover.. the cartoony images of M.A.’s life is gorgeous.
This book for me is keeper, and one I will continue recommend.