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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - eliseh - LibraryThing
Weldon, as always, produces sparkling dialogue suffused with wit and mischief Ten high achieving ladies are gathered together in the week between Christmas and the New Year, at the expensive Castle ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - hammockqueen - LibraryThing
women stuck in spa that is understaffed so they tell one another their stories. I just didn't find the women believeable or interesting. Read full review