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A marriage made at Woodstock
Pelletier, Cathie.
Adult Fiction PELLETI

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In a novel that will surely bring her new fans, Pelletier ( The Bubble Reputation ) takes scathing aim at the vanities of older baby boomers, reading a generation's identity into imported coffee beans and therapy seminars. Frederick Stone and Chandra Kimball met at Woodstock, married soon after and consider that famous concert the seminal influence on their lives. All around them they see evidence that the graying members of their generation have sold out, but surely this can't have happened to them. True, Frederick's an accountant, but he specializes in helping small businesses and, besides, he's a vegetarian. Chandra, meanwhile, is an animal-rights activist and sometime therapist. Suddenly, Chandra moves out, claiming that Frederick no longer pays attention to her or anything she does. Distraught, Frederick calls forth his memories of Woodstock, hoping that these reflections of his marriage's beginning can help him discover what went wrong. Pelletier turns a keen satirical eye on the former hippies and other countercultural residents of Portland, Maine, and her portrait of Frederick's divorced brother, a Robert Bly-quoting veterinarian who dates women half his age, is especially sharp and funny. She is less successful at capturing the dynamics of a marriage on the rocks; for all of Frederick's musings on Chandra, the texture of their shared existence--and of its dissolution--never quite comes clear. But Pelletier keeps a straight face while chronicling the antics of grown children in this enjoyable social comedy of the '90s whose extend 30 years deep. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Pelletier, author of The Bubble Reputation (LJ 4/1/93) and other contemporary novels set in Maine, here tells the story of Freddy and Lorraine Stone, who fell in love at the Woodstock music festival. Now, two decades later, Fred (a former English major) is an uptight workaholic accountant who alphabetizes the family's shopping list, charts his graying hair on his computer, and makes sure he gets to work earlier than his neighbor. Lorraine, who has metamorphosed into Chandra, gets her doctorate in psychology and spends her time fighting the good fight for animal rights and the environment, facilitating classes in ``The Psychology of Names,'' and leading protest marches. Should this marriage be saved? In this always entertaining, often laugh-aloud account of the painful dissolution of a longtime relationship, Pelletier has produced an immensely satisfying novel that echoes the lives of many fortysomething readers. An excellent purchase for public libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/94.]-Nancy Pearl, Washington Ctr. for the Book, Seattle (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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