WOMEN IN HATS
April 29, 2008
Ballentine Books/Random House Inc.
1745 Broadway, 18th Floor, New York, New York 10019
Rating: 3 cups
Leigh Majors is a theatre director, daughter of famous on-screen mother Bridie Hart, and wife of dentist Michael Payne. She loves her husband and is estranged from her famous mother.
Michael Payne is married to Leigh and loves her very much. He wants to have children, as does Leigh, but they have not been having much luck so far.
Bridie Hart is Leigh’s famous mother. She was not much of a mother to Leigh or her sister Lilly, but is about to reinsert herself into Leigh’s life in a big way; one in which Leigh will be less than enthused about.
Leigh’s husband Michael throws her a surprise birthday party and then presents her with a play he has written. She has just found out that she is pregnant for the second time after having a miscarriage before, and she wants to tell him about it, but she cannot with all these people around. While she does not think the play will fit for her playhouse, she does eventually end up directing it. Unfortunately, her mother decides she wants to play the lead part and everyone else thinks Leigh should let her. When she has a second miscarriage and discovers that something her mother did while pregnant with her makes it impossible for her to ever have children, it is the last straw. Everyone thinks her mother is as wonderful as her television persona and has no idea what a terrible mother Bridie was. Her husband suddenly seems to never be around, and does not seem to want to touch her at all. She has a crush on James, her stage manager, and he is starting to look better and better all the time. It is not long before Leigh’s whole life is upside down. Will she be able to right her world?
First let me say that Ms. Sheehan is a wonderful writer. The descriptions of her characters' emotions and what they go through is very well written and easy to read. However, I did have a problem with the characters just not being very likeable. It seemed to me as if they would do things, even knowing they were wrong, and then blamed what they had done on someone else. For example, Leigh blamed her getting together with James when she was still married to Michael on how her mother behaved when she was growing up, instead of taking responsibility for her own actions. In spite of this it is a well written book, and I am sure there are others out there who will enjoy it.
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