In her new novel, Mantrapped, Fay Weldon shows she's still on top as the foremost chronicler of this generation's sexual and marital woes. What would happen if a man were to wake up one morning as a woman? Or a woman as a man? Would his personality change completely? Would hers? After brushing past each other on the stairs above their local Laundromat, Trisha and Peter soon find out. Instantly, and mysteriously, they switch souls. Peter's now housed in Trisha's older and much curvier body, while Trisha's moving about in Peter's younger, trimmer form. But none of this is half as awkward as when they both come home to face Peter's wife and have to decide who will sleep where. Exploring her heroes' predicaments inspires Fay to recall certain points in her life, which she decides to insert alongside the novel, flipping back and forth between the two. The result is an inventive continuation of her critically acclaimed memoir, Auto da Fay, which flaunts her remarkable talent for pushing the boundaries of literature farther while always keeping it fun.
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Though billed as a novel, this very slight tale of a man and woman who switch souls on a stairway cedes about half its pages to an acerbic continuation of Weldon's recent memoir, Auto da Fay (2003).If ... Read full review
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Almost all writers draw on aspects of their own lives for the raw material of their books, but only someone as talented as Weldon--provocative, witty, and refreshing even at the worst of times--could ... Read full review