A smart and funny novel about love, life, and a second shot at freedom for rebellious women of a certain age.
Eliza is angry. Very angry, and very, very hot.
Late for work and dodging traffic, Eliza's still reeling from the latest row with her husband Paddy. Twenty-something years ago their eyes met over the class divide in oh-so-cool Britpop London, but these days their eyes only meet to bicker over the three-seat sofa.
Paddy seems content filling his downtime with canal boats and cricket, but Eliza craves the freedom and excitement of her youth. Being fifty feels far too close to pensionable, their three teenage children are growing up fast, and even the dog has upped and died. Something is going to have to change—menopause be damned!
Woman of a Certain Rage is a smart and funny novel for all the women who won't be told it's too late to shake things up, and Eliza is a heroine many will recognise. She may sweat a lot and need a wee all the time, but she has something to prove.
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Eliza, in her fifties, former actor, mother of three (who will not make her life any easier, even if they are already almost grownups). She is furious with her husband since he wants a new dog although the old one just died. Her family throws at her all kinds of dares, that she does not want to take. The new owner of their favorite restaurant has taken a fancy in her. A admirer with a camera keeps following her. And she is menopausal. All the hot flashes, mood swings, sibling rivalry, daughter’s TED talks and younger son's panic attacks, do not make Eliza’s life easier. But she is a woman and she can take it all. And if not there is always one other option - to run! “Woman of a Certain Rage” is wonderful for entertaining and for self discovery, even if your hot flashes are caused by the weather and not your hormones, you still understand how Eliza is feeling when everything is happening now, at once. Reading the book I was remembering Jenny Lawson’s Furiously Happy and Nina George’s The Little Paris Bookshop. And through all the book I had the feeling that the BBC could make a wonderful short series out of it. A brilliant story with wonderful characters.
Absolutely loved this books. I really empathised with the main character and I know many of my friends join her in the misery that is the menopause. I'd recommend this to anyone 'of a certain rage' - funny and touching, a great story, it opens a door into a condition that women are expected to just put up with quietly and certainly not talk about in a compelling fictional story. It's not a medic's book but every medic should read it!
Our main character Eliza is a mum, daughter, sister, and wife who is finding menopausal life a bit tough. As it's written in the first person, her experiences and thoughts are clear and oh so familiar. Many of us will know the changes you feel as a parent of growing children, the fear of your own parents' mortality, and the way others see aging women. Woman of a Certain Rage made me laugh, made me sad, and as a lady of a similar age, I could identify with this on so many levels. Although Eliza's "adventure" is maybe not something we will all get to experience, it's full of real life scenarios. The way that the little dog's death was dealt with was spot on and gave me misty eyes on several occasions remembering the loss of my own dog. I love that autism features as a big part of the story and think it's important for neurotypical people to know more about it. I'm pleased to find this was written by Fiona Walker, who has been a long time favourite author of mine. Once I realised this I could clearly see it was written in Fiona's tone. Even though Eliza is a middle-aged woman, the story is bang up to date. It's written to include current culture and thoughts. It also made me look up the meanings of heart emojis. Who knew? I just use them because the colours match the photo I'm sharing on Instagram 😂. I'll be more careful in future. Thanks to @headofzeus @Netgalley and @georgiehalluk for the ARC
It was a slow burn this one. Took a while to get going but once I got into it I really enjoyed it. I really enjoyed learning of Eliza's struggle to deal with growing a little older and how it affected her relationship with her family. It was funny and yet sympathetic at the same time, definitely told by someone who understands the reality! Loved the canal references too. A brilliant read for anyone needing a light-hearted look at family life and the menopause.
Eliza Finch is not happy. Fifty and menopausal, she is constantly hot, constantly tired and constantly angry. Married to Paddy for the last 22 years with three teenage children, old age is fast approaching and she’s damned if it’s going to catch up with her. Something has to change and Eliza is determined it’s going to be on her terms. Enjoyable and entertaining. This was a great read.
my thanks to Netgalley and Head Of Zeus for a copy of " Woman Of A Certain Rage " for an honest review. . Being a woman of a certain "Age" this book automatically appealed to me. I found it really easy to read and it kept me amused throughout.I loved all the different characters and felt invested in their outcomes. I wonderfully refreshing read that i would certainly recommend
I really enjoyed this book & being a ‘woman of a certain rage/age’ I could totally relate to it! Thanks for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Fabulous! Eliza has hit menopause, although she fiercely denies it and insists it is only peri menopause. Unfortunately menopause has hit Eliza right back; with everything it has! Hot flushes, brain fog, weight gain, hot flushes, insomnia, did I mention hot flushes! Very funny, very true and very smart this book will have you laughing out loud, groaning in recognition. And urging Eliza on as she battles aging parents, stroppy teens, a husband who spends all his time on the canal boat a brother who is out and proud and a sister who is just so much better at everything. Eliza wants a life, and one way or another she is going to get it! Fiona Walker never disappoints!.
Eliza, 50, is certainly a Woman of a Certain Rage. She's getting older, her family is growing up and her beloved dog has died and the only solution her husband can offer is to get another. It starts her mind wondering if she would be so easily replaced with a 'swipe'. I really enjoyed this book. As I am also a woman of a certain age I could so easily relate. It's a lighthearted look at family life with a load of laugh out loud and cringeworthy moments. Loved the journey she went on. Definitely worth a read