The Last Laugh

The Last Laugh

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"Three women in their sixties go off to live in Greece for a year, only to have their children, grandchildren, and past lovers invade what was supposed to be a relaxing getaway"--
Since their children left home, Ruth, Dania, and Bess have grown used to living wonderfully free lives. Only now they're beset by children again--this time, their grandchildren. In order to escape, they decide to run away to Greece together for a year. At first, settled on a glorious island, barefoot and contented, they think they've rediscovered the wheel. But then things begin to go awry.
Publisher: New York :, Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2017
Edition: First edition
Description: x, 188 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780374286651
Branch Call Number: Free

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xiaojunbpl12
Oct 26, 2017

Greek isles and Aegean Sea lured me to the tales of “old bags”, and memoirs of life lived to the overripe - perspective of one (of three), who’s more sane and also a writer. Too many points (age, relationship, family, life’s elusiveness, joyful sacrifice...) hanging there, fail to weave into a worthwhile (multi purpose? nice try, not even single use) net. Lukewarm funny with light laughter, ends with blissful comfort.
To me, Bess stands out.

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laphampeak
Oct 09, 2017

Unusual, but freedom seeking, women of a certain age provide a humorous perspective of life in the present reflected by family and exes from their the past. These 4 women who stay in Greece want no responsibilities of their past selves. They have opinions on men, children, and grand-kids. The story seemed somewhat incohesive as the characters did their thing. I did enjoy the wit that comes from a 60+ generation.

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imagenel
Oct 05, 2017

OY !!! 'arlequin pot boiler about 'orny/ornery/restless grannies who had to deal with lovers/ex-hubbies, children/grandchildren, etc.....even the Greek island setting is zzzzz?

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lblundell
Oct 04, 2017

Tries to be Shirley Valentine without success.

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Ana63
Sep 29, 2017

very hard to follow

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brangwinn
Sep 04, 2017

I guess I was expecting a mature version of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants but the only connection between the two is the setting in Greece. I thought I’d have a lot in common with the three friends in their 70’s who come to Greece for an extended holiday, but I connected with none of them or their families.

jyaremchuk Aug 29, 2017

Wanted to be amused and entertained, but a group of "women of a certain age" complaining did not do it for me.

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