A Boring Wife Settles the Score
by Marie-Renée Lavoie
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Pub Date 06 Jul 2021 | Archive Date 27 Jul 2021
House of Anansi Press Inc., Arachnide Editions
The eagerly anticipated sequel to the critically beloved and bestselling Autopsy of a Boring Wife finds the saucy and ever-appealing Diane, now turning fifty and with the wreckage of her marriage behind her, setting off on a new and hilarious journey for romance.
A Boring Wife Settles the Score marks the return of Diane, the raunchy and entertaining heroine of the prize-winning and bestselling Autopsy of a Boring Wife. Despite the end of her marriage, Diane still has plenty of love to give. Determined not to waste her days — that’s just not her style — she finds a job in a daycare and solace in cocktails with her best friend, Claudine, who convinces Diane her love life is not over. Diane wants romance and sees no reason why she shouldn’t have it, but she soon discovers, in her typically chaotic and hilarious manner, that for a woman approaching her fifties the task is not so simple as it is for a man.
PRAISE FOR MARIE-RENÉE LAVOIE AND A BORING WIFE SETTLES THE SCORE
“[Lavoie] writes in praise of ordinary women. Diane is perfect in her imperfection, strong, generous, and loving.” — Le Devoir
“Sometimes grave and sometimes comic, [Lavoie’s novels] always have their own particular mark: fully fleshed-out characters rooted in the real, perfectly chiseled sentences, and a fine sense of humour even in difficult moments.” — L’Actualité
“Funny and moving.With that charming touch evident in all of Marie-Renée Lavoie’s work, Diane is back.” — Librairies de Québec.
PRAISE FOR MARIE-RENÉE LAVOIE AND AUTOPSY OF A BORING WIFE
Finalist, Forest of Reading Evergreen Award
Longlist, CBC Canada Reads
A CBC Book of the Year
“Lavoie’s fiercely hilarious take on the pains and triumphs of marital abandonment feels perfectly right.” — Toronto Star
“Lavoie keeps her novel short, offering chaotic humour and snappy observation to balance the pain and loss . . . A readable, recognizable, tragicomic account of coping with domestic disaster.” — Kirkus Reviews
“With great humour and tenderness, Marie-Renée Lavoie recounts Diane’s journey to regain trust in both herself and the people around her . . . A piercing commentary on gender, marriage, and the nuances of self-love.” — Toronto Life
“A provocative, funny, and candid story.” — Winnipeg Free Press
“The characters are vivid and entertaining . . . The scenes and dialogue can be laugh-out-loud funny, and the narrative hums along smoothly, facilitated by the fine translation from French by Arielle Aaronson.” — Montreal Review of Books
“With writing that makes us fall in love from the very first page, and with a view of married life that is oh so lucid, Lavoie journeys with Diane to the bottom of the barrel, providing unforgettable scenes of altercations with her former sister-in-law, mother-in-law, and ex-husband’s new girlfriend before she surfaces by virtue of tactics that are simultaneously confrontational, true-to-life, and wildly entertaining.” — Huffington Post Québec
“Marie-Renée Lavoie leads us through all her heroine’s states of mind with vivid writing that shoots arrows fashioned from anything at hand; we are not exhausted for a moment and accompany Diane everywhere and in the most unlikely of situations. At the end of it all, we love this ‘boring’ woman, we really do.” — Journal de Montréal
“Marie-Renée Lavoie is a highwire artist who derives her strength from her knowledge of human foibles.” — La Presse
“Employing the tone and construction of a classic comedy, here’s a novel that engulfs us in the wake of a woman on the verge of an unabating nervous breakdown . . . wacky, scathing humour, good dialogue and assuredly lively.” — Le Devoir
“Brimming with energy, Autopsy of a Boring Wife narrates Diane’s survival of her separation (cue Gloria Gaynor). Lavoie deploys wit and the vernacular to render wholly believable the story of someone who is not a fighter, but a woman like any other.” — Tête de Lecture
“A novel that surpasses sadness to find a place in the light.” — Bible Urbaine
“Autopsy of a Boring Wife is slapstick, funny, and absurd, but underlined with a tenderness and poignance that will have you rooting for happily ever after after that.” — Pickle Me This
“Fresh, funny, and a lot of fun to read.” — Consumed by Ink