The Last Laugh (Hardcover)
A witty new novel about three self-proclaimed old bags who run off to a Greek island
Since their children left home, Ruth, Dania, and Bess have grown used to living wonderfully free lives. Only now they re beset by children again this time, their grandchildren. In order to escape, they decide to run away to Greece together for a year.
At first, settled on a glorious island, barefoot and contented, they think they ve rediscovered the wheel. But then things begin to go awry. Dionysus, a local poet, takes up with Bess, at least until his wife gets wind of things. Dania, a therapist, is being stalked by one of her patients. And Ruth's ex-lover turns up out of the blue, closely followed by the man who lost Bess her fortune. It doesn t help when the children and grandchildren also start turning up whenever they feel like it. As Bess writes in one of Ruth's weekly Granny a Go Go columns, this is not an Enchanted April sort of year.
Lynn Freed's previous novels have received rave reviews everywhere from The New York Times Book Review ( Makes us laugh while packing, finally, a punch ), to the Los Angeles Times Book Review ( Deeply absorbing and ambitious . . . Astonishingly vivid ). In The Last Laugh she returns with a beautifully written and funny novel about money, sex, friendship, and the pleasures and perils of children.
About the Author
Lynn Freed is the author of numerous short stories, essays, and novels, including The Servants' Quarters and Home Ground. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, among many others. She is the recipient of the inaugural Katherine Anne Porter Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two PEN/O. Henry Awards, and has received fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Guggenheim Foundation, among others.