Modern Interiors

Modern Interiors[Reading] ➿ Modern Interiors Author Andrea Goldsmith – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk MODERN INTERIORS rummages around in the back rooms and passageways of the family When her husband dies Philippa Fine formerly a pillar of the Establishment is determined to broaden her life She sells Modern Interiors rummages around in the back rooms and passageways of the family When her husband dies Philippa Fine formerly a pillar of the Establishment is determined to broaden her life She sells the family mansion acuires a lover and new friends and devises new plans for the family money Her adult children rather than welcoming her new direction are unrestrained in their condemnation of what they perceive as gross irresponsibility and personal betrayal. Andrea Goldsmith is one of my favourite authors I loved Reunion and I loved The Memory Trap even This year she has a new book called Invented Lives Scribe April so I wanted to read one of her books beforehand that I’ve had on my shelves since dare I admit it? 2008 I’d read The Prosperous Thief when it was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award in 2003 and so when I found Modern Interiors 1991 in a second hand bookshop I knew it was a steal for 500 It turned out to be the perfect antidote to two books I’d borrowed and expected to like which today went back to the library unread This is when ‘standby’ books come into their own when I’ve had a disappointment and I want to be sure that the next book is going to be good readingModern Interiors has the tagline behind its rich façade the modern interior may not be all it pretends but this book is a frank exploration into family obligations What do we owe them and what do they owe us? How do we deal with the pressure to hold families together even when they don’t deliver even the most rudimentary satisfactions and you don’t share values that are fundamental to identity and integrity? I thought about this just yesterday when the ABC reported on a survey about the psychological damage done by the Same Sex Marriage survey because I have a friend still traumatised by learning that his family didn’t care and voted NoFamilies can be thoughtless and cruel and they can be exploitative In Modern Interiors there are two women one old and one young who have problematic families Amy Vaughan is young and has cast off her mother and sister because they are toxic human beings; Philippa Fine is old and rich and she struggles with the fact that two of her three children are awful people who just want to use herBut while Amy feels she is better off without her family she still needs the kind of support that families are supposed to provide She has endured years of soul destroying confidence sapping misery which still blights her young life because she is afraid of relationships of any kind She needs a mentor and sometimes she needs mothering Philippa OTOH appears to have everything money confidence comfort and style—and a nice man who’s comes into her life since widowhood One of her children the one she likes because he is accepting of her recent choices is far away in London and though she misses him she’s happy that he’s fulfilling his dreams But her other children are openly hostile to her new independence—and deeply resentful that she is spending what they regard as their money on a charitable foundation and a new home at an inconvenient distance when baby sitting is reuired To read the rest of my review please visit I enjoyed this book It is a story about a 62 year old woman who has lived the past 40 years in the shadow of her successful husband and has played the traditional role of wife mother and homemaker Now that she is a widow she decides to assert her independence and live in a different way much to the horror of her staid self centred children As she undertakes a number of new ventures and forms new relationships she discovers the disappointments in her own family and worse still the fraudulent business practices of her son in law She continues to bail out her children until eventually she takes control of the situation and restores order to her family The ending is somewhat puzzling because I'm unsure whether she is happy with the outcome and pleased that she has had the foresight and ability to both save the family and the business from scandal and failure But it was a good read

Modern Interiors eBook ¿ Paperback
  • Paperback
  • 241 pages
  • Modern Interiors
  • Andrea Goldsmith
  • English
  • 07 March 2016
  • 9780140147261