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Harry Silver returns to face life in the "blended family." A wonderful new novel about modern times, which can be read as a sequel to the million selling Man and Boy, or completely on its own. Man and Wife is a novel about love and marriage - about why we fall in love and why we marry; about why we stay and why we go. Harry Silver is a man coming to terms with a divorce and a new marriage. He has to juggle with time and relationships, with his wife and his ex-wife, his son and his stepdaughter, his own work and his wife's fast-growing career. Meanwhile his mother, who stood so steadfastly by his father until he died, is not getting any younger or stronger herself. In fact, everything in Harry's life seems complicated. And when he meets a woman in a million, it gets even more so...Man and Wife stands on its own as a brilliant novel about families in the new century, written with all the humour, passion and superb storytelling that have made Tony Parsons a favourite author in over thirty countries.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780006514824
ISBN-10: 0006514820
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 130mm x 20mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Harper
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: 19-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Reviews

UK Kirkus Review » The prolific Tony Parsons hit bestseller status with Man and Boy and this novel very much deserves to go the same way. Although it's billed as a sequel to that million-selling global success, it could just as easily be read and enjoyed on its own. Harry Silver is a man - it would be hard to see him as a hero as he's so weak and human - who's on his second marriage and hoping desperately that this will be the one, the real chance we all deserve for a bit of happiness in life. Yet even early on all is not well, and rueful cracks appear in the veneer of his new 'blended' family. As his second wife's career takes off, he's increasingly bored with his own media job, and one of his few remaining rays of light - the relationship he enjoys with his son, Pat - is soon to change irreparably. The subject matter is scarcely groundbreaking - the shifting, broken relationships and career and family problems so prevalent in modern life, the usual stuff that provides fodder for the countless workmanlike efforts which make up the bulk of this already overcrowded market. But Parsons's latest novel shouldn't be tarred with the same brush, as it effortlessly soars high above the majority of these, blending in themes such as truth and human weakness and the important things in life, whether the significance of music or the fit of a wedding ring. Some truly excellent writing sparkles throughout, from the tragic desperation of yet another Sunday afternoon at McDonalds with all the other 'weekend families', to the scenes where Harry and his mother share the spotlight. Some of these really are heartbreakingly brilliant, and mark this consummate piece of story-telling out as an essential read. (Kirkus UK)

US Kirkus Review » Sequel to the English bestseller Man and Boy (2001) continues the saga of Harry Silver's woes as a confused husband, sentimental son, and obsessive father. London television producer Silver's career eggs are all in one basket with cocaine-addicted Irish comedian Eamon Fish's late-night talk show of lame homespun jokes and banter, Fish on Friday. But Harry still prefers his job to the quagmire of family. "It is easier to feel like you are some kind of successful human being at work," says our hero. "Whatever you do, don't try feeling like a successful human being at home." Poor Harry is not much past thirty yet already conflicted and suspicious in his second marriage to lovely Cyd of the never-ending legs and the burgeoning catering business. In addition, he has a bitter, remarried ex-wife, a seven-year-old son he adores but sees only on Sundays, and a sophisticated eight-year-old stepdaughter with a penchant for frosted flakes and the Lucy Doll, which comes in various incarnations such as Lucy Doll Ballerina, Lucy Doll Rock and Roll . . . you get the idea. Lucy Doll also has a boyfriend, Ibiza DJ Brucie Doll, and the two of them have a much better relationship than hapless Harry does with any of the females in his life except his beloved mother, recently widowed after a long and happy marriage that her son cannot stop idealizing even as he contemplates infidelity with Kazumi, the woman his ex-wife roomed with in Japan. In short, Harry Silver is a modern male mess, and the burning question is: Can he ever get himself and his life together? More specifically: Can he ever achieve family bliss, which he purports to long for and pine after, while behaving like a self-obsessed dolt in every situation except when it comes to Mum? A lot of whining, a lot of stock characters, some funny bits, and a sappy ending-just possibly a formula for success. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Tony Parsons

Tony Parsons is the author of Man and Boy , winner of the Book of the Year prize. His subsequent novels - One For My Baby, Man and Wife, The Family Way, Stories We Could Tell and My Favourite Wife - were all bestsellers. He lives in London.

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