Second Honeymoon

Second Honeymoon

A Novel

Book - 2006
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Baker & Taylor
Distraught when her youngest son, twenty-two-year-old Ben, plans to leave home, Edie, an actress, and her theatrical agent husband, Russell, are faced with an empty nest for the first time, until their older son Matthew, upset about earning less than his successful girlfriend, and daughter Rosa, wrestling with debt and a failed love affair, plan to move back in. 60,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave

Joanna Trollope's most heartfelt and enthralling novel in years, Second Honeymoonexplores what happens when the empty nest is suddenly full again.

Ben Boyd is leaving home. At twenty-two, he's the youngest of the family and the last to leave. His mother Edie, an actress, is distraught. His father Russell, a theatrical agent, is hoping to get his wife back after decades of family life. Ben's brother, Matthew, is wrestling with a relationship in which he earns less than his successful girlfriend. Their sister Rosa is wrestling with debt, and the end of a turbulent love affair. Living on your own, it seems, may not be as glamorous as it's cracked up to be. Rosa is the first of the Boyd children to think she may have to move back in with her parents--just until she can make ends meet again.

This is the empty nest, twenty-first-century style--with grown children coming and going just as parents are getting ready for their second honeymoon. With characteristic grace and humor, Trollope weaves multiple stories of two generations struggling with love, careers, and parenthood into a riveting family drama.



Holtzbrinck

Joanna Trollope's most heartfelt and enthralling novel in years, Second Honeymoon explores what happens when the empty nest is suddenly full again.

Ben Boyd is leaving home. At twenty-two, he's the youngest of the family and the last to leave. His mother Edie, an actress, is distraught. His father Russell, a theatrical agent, is hoping to get his wife back after decades of family life. Ben's brother, Matthew, is wrestling with a relationship in which he earns less than his successful girlfriend. Their sister Rosa is wrestling with debt, and the end of a turbulent love affair. Living on your own, it seems, may not be as glamorous as it's cracked up to be. Rosa is the first of the Boyd children to think she may have to move back in with her parents—just until she can make ends meet again.

This is the empty nest, twenty-first-century style—with grown children coming and going just as parents are getting ready for their second honeymoon. With characteristic grace and humor, Trollope weaves multiple stories of two generations struggling with love, careers, and parenthood into a riveting family drama.



Blackwell North Amer
Ben is, at last, leaving home. At twenty-two, he's the youngest of the family. His mother Edie, an actor, is distraught. His father Russell, a theatrical agent, is rather hoping to get his wife back, after decades of family life. His brother, Matthew, is wrestling with a relationship in which he achieves and earns less than his girlfriend. His sister Rosa is wrestling with debt, and the end of a turbulent love affair.
Meet the Boyd family and the empty nest, twenty-first-century style.

Baker
& Taylor

Distraught when her youngest son, twenty-two-year-old Ben, plans to leave home, Edie, an actress, and her theatrical agent husband, Russell, are faced with an empty nest for the first time, until their two older children plan to move back in.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed by Holtzbrinck Publishers, c2006
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781596910386
1596910380
Characteristics: 323 p. ; 25 cm

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Dec 12, 2011

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She had not supposed, for one moment, that five years after leaving university she would have failed to find absorbing employment, failed to sustain a romantic relationship, and failed to gain exactly the kind of control over her life that she had assumed to be an automatic part of growing up.

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His mother had always told him, finding him reading as a child yet again, that he was lazy.

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Rosa had been away five years, and in five years the kitchen table had stopped being a family altar and reverted to being a kitchen table. This room, this house, this street had stopped, in essence, being her _home_, and turned itself, slightly chillingly, into merely the place where she grew up.

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Mar 21, 2017

This is one of my least-liked books written by this author. I also felt like strangling the lead character, Edie, who has good health, a big house, a loving husband who is employed, has three healthy adult children, is financially stable yet wallows in self-pity for most of the book. She finally comes to her senses near the end of the novel! I would skip this novel!

I always enjoy this author and this novel does not dissapoint. Trollope gives us an uncanny peek into the marriage of a middle class couple who have put their lives on hold to raise their 3 children. Now they come back to the next, fully grown adults with their own view of family life and its pecking order. This is a great read.

sharonb122 Sep 18, 2012

I forget which novel of Trollope I last read, but this is the second that I have read where I wanted to strangle the lead woman character, Edie-Ha! But in both cases, the character grew in her understanding of herself and seemed to aquire a new outlook! A satisfying book, once again, of family from Trollope.

dragonsnakes Mar 07, 2011

I've read most of Trollope's books and enjoyed this one thoroughly.

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Crocus211
Dec 16, 2010

Better than average "chic-lit"; J. Trollope understands changing human relationships

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