The Woman Who Went to Bed for A Year

The Woman Who Went to Bed for A Year

Book - 2012
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The day her children leave home, Eva climbs into bed and stays there. She's had enough - of her kids' carelessness, her husband's thoughtlessness and of the world's general indifference. Though Eva's refusal to behave like a dutiful wife and mother soon upsets everyone but she insists on staying in bed. And then the strangest things start to happen...
Publisher: London : Michael Joseph, 2012
ISBN: 9780718157159
Branch Call Number: F TOW NVD
Characteristics: 436 p. ; 23 cm


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Lexicon_ Apr 11, 2015

I haven't even finished this book, and I'm already giving it full marks. Townsend is funny and creates a fantastic troupe (no other word describes them) of characters.
I've laughed out loud many times while reading this refreshing book. No sugar-coated love story or hollywood take on "Real People".

BPLNextBestAdults Oct 16, 2012

Sue Townsend, one of England’s finest comic writers, first started me laughing when she wrote about the hilarious struggles of Adrian Mole. In her latest novel we meet Eva Beaver, a dutiful wife of an adulterous husband and mother of autistic adult twins. She has scrubbed and polished, cooked and catered for her brood never once complaining or thinking of her own needs. She even ate out of pots while standing up when the family ate, and they never noticed. After finding tomato soup staining a chair which took her 2 years to embroider, she hurls the entire pot of soup on the chair and so begins her self-imposed exile in her bed which she does not leave for a year. This is her time to rebuild and rethink her life. Her transformation is at times full of laughter and tinged with sadness as she gently exposes the foibles and pretensions of the throng of characters who rally around her bedside.

Sep 09, 2012

Long book. First 3/4 of book was interesting but the last quarter dragged on with a very poor ending. The book seemed to suddenly stop with no real closure. Disappointing ending.

Jun 24, 2012

A little long and boring, not a ton of character development. It ended without really tying everything together, and when I'm reading a book that isn't well written or particularly enjoyable then I at least hope for a neat and tidy happy ending. There was some potential, but it wasn't realized for me.

mulberrystreet May 30, 2012

strange but funny.

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