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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Fat Fridays by Judith Keim

Setting: Georgia
Genre: Women's Fiction
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Release Date: November 8, 2016



Coming home to find her husband in bed with her Pilates instructor, Sukie retreats into her own form of seclusion. She knows the townspeople in her town talk about her. It's her neighbor and friend who pulls her out of her shell and has her join the Fat Fridays group, a group of women who meet once a week, order whatever they want at the restaurant, and enjoy the chance to vent. Sukie quickly bonds with the women and starts taking steps to move on with her life.

Fat Fridays is the first book in a series. I'm glad it will be a series, as I'm dying to see how things turn out with other members of the group. It's a charming tale filled with plenty of happy moments and a few emotional revelations.

There were times that it seemed certain topics were picked out as a social message. The story has many situations where abuse becomes prevalent, be it verbal or physical abuse. Other issues appear, such as it being socially acceptable for a man to be with a younger woman, while it's not okay for an older woman to hook up with a younger man. Much of the reactions and progressions in the story became predictable to me. I certainly guessed the outcome long before the final page. That's the one issue I had with the book, yet I'm still interested to see where things go from here.

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