The Spa

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Grove Press, Feb 1, 2009 - Fiction - 329 pages
13 Reviews
Fay Weldon is renowned for her biting humor and devilish prose. In her latest novel, The Spa, Weldon offers a glimpse of the despairs and dalliances of a set of high-powered women who have burned paths through--and sometimes been burned by--their worlds and the men in them. It is the week between Christmas and New Year's and ten high-achieving ladies are gathered at the expensive Castle Spa seeking to rejuvenate themselves with Botox, aromatherapy, and all-around pampering. They lounge in the Jacuzzi, sipping champagne, and telling each other the story of their lives, starting with the trophy wife's tale of her spell in a Greek prison; the brain surgeon's tale of twins and mistaken identity; the judge's tale of a sex change that allowed him to experience the pleasures of the bedroom from both male and female perspectives. The manicurist, the public speaker, the journalist, the company director, the ex-vicar's wife, and the screenwriter all share their stories, ending with the stepmother's tale, a reversal of Cinderella's fate, with the stepmother as the victim. Sparkling, witty, always sharp-tongued, and occasionally libidinous, The Spa is a darkly funny sketch of a group of women who, despite prejudice, imprisonment, domestic catastrophes, and romantic debacles, have risen to the top of their respective worlds.
  

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User Review  - Rebecca - Goodreads

Sharp little sentences like knives. Impressive voices and dialogue. But no convincing underlying thread to tie all the stories together. I couldn't guess where the author was going with this, and in the end it all just ... ended. Disappointing for a writer of such incisive talent. Read full review

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User Review  - Almond - Goodreads

It was fun to read & a few giggles along the way. Women talking around a spa was an interesting way of holding the narrative together, but I felt that it needed more than this. Felt that the end fizzled out rather than leaving me with something more satisfying. Quite enjoyed it though! Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Fay Weldon was born in England and raised in New Zealand. Her novels and short stories are bestsellers around the world. Her film and television work has been accorded great critical acclaim. She lives and works in London.

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