The Diary of a Woman Scorned
Chalcedon Books, England
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This novel is a dark comedy about divorce, murder and flower-painting. Middle-aged artist Meg Claridge is devastated when her barrister husband, David, suddenly leaves her for a younger and pregnant woman. Childless Meg is told that she should see divorce as a great opportunity to start over but her diary records her angry struggle to cope with living alone as everything about her life begins to seem meaningless.
When Meg tries to get a full-time job to support herself, she finds that her old-fashioned skills are no longer valued in the modern workplace. Meg seeks inspiration in the life-stories of the woman who attend her art-classes but is too bitter to imitate their quiet courage. Instead, she finds herself identifying with the defendant in David’s current case: a house-husband who is accused of murdering his unfaithful wife. Sick of being an obsolete woman, Meg yearns to do something extraordinary but just how far will she go?
The Diary of a Woman Scorned should resonate with anyone whose life has been shattered by the break-up of a long-term relationship and anyone who feels that they are living in a world they no longer understand.