|I actually think that Petra Polly might have a good book in there… so a book within a book. Petra certainly makes some good and valid points from my own experience of organisations, especially about sharing knowledge. But I don’t like the idea of competing for your job! The loser gets sacked.
So an interesting story about the older women at work and how their knowledge and experience works with creativity and enthusiasm as displayed by the ‘youngsters’.
And how digging in a garden is good for your health and growing your own food expands your emotions.
An interesting novel but not really up to the humour I expected.
I also got rather irritated by Tabitha who a: did not pawn her husband’s cuff-links but used them as tips – if they had value why not use them? And b: for someone who was supposed to know how to cook she really didn’t try.
Does no-one in NY go to a market – not a foodie market but a real market – at the end of the day, when all the fruit and vegetables etc are being sold cheap? I used to go and get crates of tomatoes and peppers etc which made wonderful soup. Add some lentils (dirt cheap) and you have a filling and healthy meal! And it seemed to me, that if she was going to steal, then get something useful – like packets of beans to soak and cook for a protein rich meal… with peanut butter all the better!
I did have some sympathy for Tabitha being abandoned like that with no warning and no idea of where the money was going to come from – but again, why didn’t she go back to the carer agency after spending the afternoon with the client and ask for money from them for the work she had done, and start working properly – even take on the receptionist job?
Oh well. Tabitha was a pampered wife with no sense of the real world and how to live in it clearly…
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I have a problem with this book and the storyline. As soon as I read that the husband was dead I knew that the family would be bankrupt, forced to live elsewhere and very down-market and shabby. It was the too obvious next scene in the story.
Why didn’t Nina register as unemployed immediately? And why didn’t she ask for the flat to either have a reduced rent due to the condition? Or get her cousin to improve the state of it, especially as sleeping on old mattresses is very unhygienic. She could probably have got a loan from Social Services to buy a new one even.
And also, when you are told you are bankrupt, the first thing you do is to go through the house and wear all your jewellery – or hide it in your handbag or… AND take all the food in the cupboards and freezer instead of abandoning it. I realise it is not such a good storyline but still really.
So the main character annoyed me and I felt that the story could have been much better constructed.