From Publishers Weekly
Hart's debut sardonically exposes the inner lives of the members of New England's
prestigious Eden Rock Country Club. Bond trader Charles Lambert's botched tee-off
accidentally kills a goose that's part of a huge flock that has invaded the club's
grounds, spurring him to eccentrically "examine the balance sheet of his soul." The
other members think he's lost his mind, forcing his wife, Madeline, still out of her
depth with Eden Rock's old money, to deal with the gossip and cross looks, while
their animal rights activist daughter protests the club, insisting it go vegan.
Meanwhile, the club's chef, Vita, is secretly fattening up a portion of the flock
with the illicit intention of creating an unforgettable meal for club members. The
damage-controlling club manager, Gerard Wilton, the dieting Dr. Frank Nicastro and
the secret-mongering dowager Arietta Wingate round out the cast. While some of the
lesser characters tiptoe dangerously close to stereotypes of the rich and privileged,
Hart does an admirable job of developing memorable flawed characters and letting them
loose in an absurd situation. The misunderstandings, unusual pairings and comic antics
call to mind the twists and turns of an old-fashioned drawing room comedy. (May)
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-- Publishers Weekly
Out of an overly familiar setting and well-worn themes, first-novelist Hart fashions an
inspired social comedy. Madeline Lambert is facing a challenging summer. Ever since her
husband killed a goose with an errant golf shot at the Eden Rock Country Club, he has
virtually abandoned the family. Sequestered in his garage while indulging in his new
hobby, metal sculpting, Charles has morphed from a staid businessman into an unshaven,
absent-minded philosopher. There's also Madeline's daughter, Phoebe, who is on a campaign
to force the club to go vegan by staging an embarrassing series of demonstrations.
Elsewhere at the club, the talented chef is eyeing the ubiquitous geese with culinary
intentions, and the buttoned-down general manager finds his routine and his equilibrium
upset by Phoebe's passionate protests. With a delightfully wacky sense of humor and a
subtle use of metaphor, Hart delivers a story of transformation. The lure of romance,
rejuvenation at midlife, and the joys of creativity are all given their due in a first
novel that is both very funny and very moving.
-- Joanne Wilkinson. Copyright © American Library
Association. All rights reserved.
The Compulsive Reader
Hart has written a wonderfully funny book that has many passages of writing that are as
good as anything I have ever read. Style is sometimes a four letter word, but Hart does
-- Reviewed by Bob Williams Read the
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The Compulsive Reader.
Addled sings with carefully observed satirical wit and is pure, laugh-out-loud
funny. Hart knows her subject as well as she knows her audience, and this accomplished
debut makes for a perfect summer read.
-- Review by Kristy Kiernan Read the
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