Cutting the Sweetness

By Peta Tayler

Another one that goes back to the stack… I like the premise of the book. According the little library card stuck in front, it’s about a middle-aged woman who’s caught in a boring marriage. A pregnant 17-year old barges in and gingers up stuff. A situation ripe with pregnant possibilities, and my imagination was fired.

  • Author: Peta Tayler
  • Publisher: Headline
  • Published: 1996
  • Pages: 282
  • ISBN: 0-7472-1705-X

Perhaps last week (the second week of January 2003, for the record) was a better week for writing than for reading. This isn’t the only book I returned to store. I didn’t finish The Code of the Woosters, either, but that one is still on the to-read, or more accurately, the to-read-again stack. I only discontinued reading the Master’s immortal prose because I acquired Carry On, Jeeves, whereas I quit reading this book because I plain didn’t like it.

The first few pages are a bit turgid, but not devoid of imagination. The setup of the situation is adequately done: woman has married a dry, boring accountant. Accountant is fired from his job, and masks that by going to the library and hiding there. Woman has a small job on the side and enjoys that.

Everything is ready for the appearance of the promised pregant 17-year old, who, if I’d written this book, revitalizes the marriage in no uncertain way.

Except that that doesn’t happen. A lot of intrigue and stuff going on, ending with a divorce. Blech. Not imaginative at all. All books where the wife is shackled to a boring accountant-type end with divorce, and her settling down with a happy new relationship, leaving the man behind in the doldrums. It might be realistic, but it’s not interesting any more.

So I’ve put this book away, and taken up something else.