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Cheer up, Mr. Widdicombe : a novel / Evan James.

James, Evan (author.).

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Summary, etc.: "The inimitable--some might say incorrigible--Frank Widdicombe is suffering from a deep depression. Or so his wife, Carol, believes. But Carol is convinced that their new island home--Willowbrook Manor on the Puget Sound--is just the thing to cheer her husband up. And so begins a whirlwind summer as their house becomes the epicenter of multiple social dramas involving the family, their friends, and a host of new acquaintances"--Goodreads.com.
Subject: Married people Fiction
Families Fiction
Genre: Domestic fiction.
Domestic fiction.

Syndetic Solutions - BookList Review for ISBN Number 9781501199615
Cheer up, Mr. Widdicombe : A Novel
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by James, Evan
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Flitting among the occupants of Willowbrook estate on Washington's Bainbridge Island, the narrator of James' debut guides readers through this mordant comedy of manners. At the outset of summer, Frank Widdicombe is in the dumps because his annual guys' trip to Auvergne has been cancelled. His wife, Carol, worries about his mental state and the state of her salon (always in italics); she wants Frank to be happy, and she also wants Willowbrook to be featured in Inside Places magazine. Try as he might, their artist son, Christopher, just can't win the disapproval of his parents, who desperately want him to follow his bliss and have as much fun as possible. But with staff and visitors constantly about Scandinavian-enthusiast assistant Michelle; coffee heir and aspiring horror-film writer Bradford; motivational author Gracie; a gardener and a recovering alcoholic called ­Marvelous love just might blossom by summer's peak, the Widdicombe's Midsummer Feast. James is a fine writer, and his narrator maintains a consistent, ironically self-serious tone, skewering contemporary mindfulness culture and the pursuits of those with time, money, or both to burn.--Annie Bostrom Copyright 2019 Booklist

Syndetic Solutions - Library Journal Review for ISBN Number 9781501199615
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DEBUT Frank Widdicombe appears to be depressed. His wife, Carol, has made every effort to turn their elegant summer home into a showplace and enticing refuge. She thinks maybe raising a flock of chickens and growing some heirloom vegetables will help Frank cheer up. To that end, she hires a gardener. He and Frank hit it off and become friends. Carol also invites self-help guru Gracie to visit while working on her newest book in the hopes she will influence Frank for the better. Gracie and the gardener meet and soon become more than friends. Widdicombe son Christopher is home from art school for the summer and spends his days scheming to get away from his family, but everything he tries draws him closer to them. The family's secretary/administrative assistant Michelle keeps the household organized, but her attempt to connect with yet another house guest ends in heartbreak. The chickens never materialize, but there is a family of otters living under the deck. ­VERDICT First novelist James boasts numerous literary honors, here delivering an absurd and hilarious satire full of unlikely characters who are all wildly introspective, dysfunctional, and prone to New Age philosophizing. [See Prepub Alert, 9/24/18.]-Joanna Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode ­Island Libs., ­Providence © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Syndetic Solutions - Publishers Weekly Review for ISBN Number 9781501199615
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James's debut blends saucy wit with a fresh voice as it outlines a summer with a family that's so neurotic they're almost normal. Frank Widdicombe; his wife, Carol; and his son, Christopher, have moved into a beautiful home called Willowbrook in the Pacific Northwest, where they indulge in a life of ease with a few chosen friends. Michelle Briggs, Carol's personal assistant, is efficient in her nebulous work of "showing up in order to serve as witness to the Widdicombes' minidramas and well-heeled existential crises." Michelle captures the interest of the urbane Bradford Dearborne, a young family friend back from a trip to California funded by his father, while self-help guru Gracie Sloane, visiting Carol for the summer, eventually warms to the Widdicombe's new gardener, a recovering alcoholic named Marvelous Matthews. Frank, a retired near-professional tennis player with a psychology degree, embarks on writing a self-help book, while his wife throws her energy into the interior design of the home, and gay, haughty Christopher, home from a year abroad, watches his parents with artistic, youthful derision. The dynamic characters will satisfy many tastes, and it's with a writerly sleight-of-hand that the peculiar humor and quirky truths of family, friendship, and love are revealed. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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