While the plot is not new --- man divorces wife for younger model,
ex-wife seeks revenge --- it's just the beginning of THE BULGARI
CONNECTION. In her new novel, Fay Weldon, a pro at female revenge,
delves into the intricacies of insecure women and men and the
complicated webs they weave in this short, comical novel.
Despite a few trite passages and an overcrowded playing field, THE
BULGARI CONNECTION showcases Weldon's razor-sharp wit and her
clean, engaging writing style. Those who enjoyed her wicked tale of
marriage gone awry in THE LIFE AND LOVES OF A SHE-DEVIL are in for
another treat. This 190-page novel provides readers with a welcome
respite from heavier topics at hand and offers an entertaining
account of a woman once scorned and well recovered.
Grace Salt, a middle aged divorcee fresh from prison, is the focal
point of the story, though she shares the limelight graciously with
ex-husband Barley, his new love Doris, son Carmichael, and a
promising painter who discovers her fountain of youth. True to
form, Weldon dishes up great society circle dirt and --- in the end
--- she serves each character his or her well-deserved dessert. It
is at heart a simple story about good versus evil, which is a
comfort in an everyday world where frustrations over trivial --- as
well as significant --- injustices mount.
Playing on the ever popular human fears of betrayal and personal
failure, Weldon pushes every button imaginable. Among the
highlights is a mother's estranged relationship with her son, the
realization that a true love is none other than a philandering
husband, and the age-old question of age reversal. When all is said
and done, THE BULGARI CONNECTION offers readers a unique and
satirical look at high society, marriage, professional ambition,
and the ultimate question of karma.
Reviewed by Heather Grimshaw, freelance writer and editor for Many Mountains Moving, a literary journal of diverse contemporary voices. on January 21, 2011
The Bulgari Connection