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Cover the butter
Carrie Kabak
Adult Fiction KABAK

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Kabak's debut, set in Wales, covers familiar familial territory. When 40-something Kate Cadogan arrives home to find her house trashed by her teenage son, Charlie, she succumbs to a long overdue need to take stock of her desperate housewife life. We revisit Kate from her 1970s teenhood forward: her mother Biddy's cold and obtrusive "controlling passion" rules the family roost and dictates everything from Kate's clothes to her intended career, while her father is devoted but feckless. Kate is buoyed by a cast of sympathetic and supportive characters: her diehard friends Ingrid and Moira, her sweet and knowing grandparents Magmu and Griff and her aunt Oona, a kindred spirit. After a disastrous but passionate relationship, Kate meets businessman Rodney Fanshaw. All is well, but "Rodders" ignores her wish to work, is even more inconsiderate in bed and spends more time at sport than at home, leaving Kate lonely. Dejected and depressed, Kate pours herself into house and child until the moment in the prologue when she breaks down. The dialogue is chick-lit generic but exact; scenes play out fluidly and are nicely detailed, particularly in Kate's sophisticated foodyism. Kabak doesn't provide the frisson of the racy TV mockudrama, but she does tell Kate's story with warmth and humor. Agent, Zoe Pagnamenta. (June 20) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

As this engaging first novel opens in 1995, we meet Kate Cadogan Fanshaw, a middle-aged housewife fed up with her insensitive husband and monstrous teenage son. After a day spent cleaning up his wild party and a few glasses of wine, she goes down an Alice in Wonderland-style rabbit hole and relives her past. We travel with Kate back to 1965, when she and her repressed mother went shopping for Kate's first bra, then follow her through her high school and college years in the United Kingdom, a failed engagement and her marriage, and the 1970s and 1980s as she raises her son and copes with her aging parents and grandparents. Upon returning to 1995, Kate decides she has taken the wrong path in life and begins to make some major changes, including divorcing her husband, starting a catering business, and moving to France, where she sparks up a new romance. Kabak accurately captures the various decades through which Kate, her family, and friends live, while offering strong character development and using humor effectively. Fans of Marian Keyes and Jane Green will particularly enjoy this work, which is recommended for public libraries.-Beth Lindsay, Washington State Univ. Libs., Pullman (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Kate Cadogan
Age: 40s
Mother had been controlling; wishes to work instead of stay home; husband ignores her; breaks down and reevaluates her life.

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