WICKED WOMEN features complex short stories about wicked men, women and their naughty children. Weldon gleefully explores the evil that lurks within us all through her cruel characters.
The children of a recently divorced father create some problems for their new stepmother in "Santa Claus' New Clothes." In "Not Even a Blood Relation," a mother turns the tables on her three unkind daughters. And in "Wasted Lives," the narrator, a film-executive dumps his mistress the moment he discovers she is pregnant.
This collection of twenty stories takes on the never-ending battle of the sexes and chronicles the many pitfalls of family life with wit and wisdom. It will leave you wondering about the stability of the nuclear family in the modern world.
Reviewed by Judith Handschuh on January 24, 2011