The year is 1969. Dick Nixon was just sworn in as the thirty-seventh President of the United States. Neil Armstrong just took one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind. And notable Palm Springs socialite Maxine Simmons just found out that her husband is leaving her for his twenty-two-year-old secretary.
After a public meltdown at Thanksgiving, Maxine finds herself not only divorced, but exiled to Scottsdale, Arizona. However, these desert boondocks will not be her end―only her Elba. The former beauty queen sets her eyes on a new crown: that of the Mrs. American Pie pageant, awarded to the nation’s best wife and mother.
Maxine only has one problem: to win the crown she’ll need to find―or build―a family of her own.
I must start this review by saying that I'm sorry I ever started this book. Why? Because I started it just before bed and I couldn't stop reading it. It just sucked me in and held me rapt.
I loved the era that this book was set in and even though I was only 12-13 years old, I recognized everything that was spoken about. I spent may a good 5 minutes while reading just reminiscing.
Now the story itself -it was unique, it was sarcasm at its best it was even satire---but most of all at the center of it all this book was filled with heart---you just have to dig for it! LOL!
While at times there was just a little too much detail and arguing over things that shouldn't have mattered-it ended up being the perfect way to tell this story.
This story was told in three different voices Maxine the main character, Robert, and Charles ( a youngster) and the voices are complimentary.
As I was reading this book for some reason the book Auntie Mame: An Irreverent EscapadeAuntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade kept coming to my mind and if you like big splashy women like Mame who have a huge heart -I think you will enjoy this book very much.
The epilogue floored me.
*ARC supplied by the publisher.