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by Martha Tod Dudman

  • ISBN: 1416549609
  • Category: Womens Fiction
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Martha Tod Dudman
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1 edition (February 5, 2008)
  • Pages: 192
  • ePub book: 1331 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1850 kb
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  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 526

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Simon and Schuster, 5 февр. The novel unfolds over the course of one day, ping-ponging between Virginia's fear of discovery and the illicit thrill of "breaking and entering" into the life of her former lover.

Simon and Schuster, 5 февр.

Martha Tod Dudman's BLACK OLIVES: A NOVEL infiltrates the moment-by-moment thoughts of Virginia of Maine, who, nine months after breaking up - on New Year's - with David, tells us exactly how she feels when he saunters.

Martha Tod Dudman's BLACK OLIVES: A NOVEL infiltrates the moment-by-moment thoughts of Virginia of Maine, who, nine months after breaking up - on New Year's - with David, tells us exactly how she feels when he saunters into "ye phony old grocery store," Rogerson's Emporium, where she is already poking through the aisles: "I feel as if I could cr. Martha Tod Dudman writes BLACK OLIVES with wit and truthfulness about the pain of midlife love lost. I was mesmerized by Virginia's tortured reflections as she bounces along on gravel roads under the sweaters that smell like him. Dudman's Virginia is smart and funny, and I couldn't turn the pages of BLACK OLIVES fast enough.

Black Olives - Martha Tod Dudman. The olives are described generously, romantically, as if they were wines, or Staff Picks in a book shop: meaty, luscious, mild. Try these with a dry white wine. 1. Nine months later, I run into David for the first time since our breakup.

I turn my head and stare up at the roof of the truck cab. He has no idea I'm here, and I don't know where he's going. Upon a chance sighting of her ex-boyfriend

I turn my head and stare up at the roof of the truck cab. I turn my head and stare up at the roof of the truck cab. Upon a chance sighting of her ex-boyfriend, Virginia does something most of us have only dreamed of. Unseen, she jumps into the back of his Jeep, and remains hidden all day, observing the man she once loved.

The novel unfolds over the course of one day, ping-ponging between Virginia's fear of discovery and the illicit thrill of "breaking and entering" into the life of her former lover.

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Black Olives: A Novel (eBook). by Martha Tod Dudman (Author). Category: Fiction & Literature. Released: February 5, 2008.

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0 5 Kirjailija: Martha Tod Dudman. Saatavilla e-kirjana. And now, only nine months later, I know nothing at all.

I turn my head and stare up at the roof of the truck cab. He has no idea I'm here, and I don't know where he's going.

Upon a chance sighting of her ex-boyfriend, Virginia does something most of us have only dreamed of. Unseen, she jumps into the back of his Jeep, and remains hidden all day, observing the man she once loved. She's compelled to complete her unfinished portrait of their breakup, and relive the magical thinking of their romance.

I knew him by heart for ten years and he me, Vir-ginia reflects. And now, only nine months later, I know nothing at all.

The novel unfolds over the course of one day, ping-ponging between Virginia's fear of discovery and the illicit thrill of "breaking and entering" into the life of her former lover.

Will she finally confront him, as she's longed to do since they parted? Will she slink away in defeat? Any woman who has ever lived and loved will find herself swept up in Virginia's mesmerizing journey.

Comments

Domarivip Domarivip
Loved the device of having to narrator in the back of the car; a metaphor for her taking a back seat in life. She is a stronger woman after this literal and figurative journey.
I love Mercedes I love Mercedes
One wordy let-down.
Kirinaya Kirinaya
Love doesn't usually end neatly or on cue. Sometimes people torture themselves over what might have been and obsess over what their former lover's life is like now....

Martha Tod Dudman's BLACK OLIVES: A NOVEL infiltrates the moment-by-moment thoughts of Virginia of Maine, who, nine months after breaking up -- on New Year's -- with David, tells us exactly how she feels when he saunters into "ye phony old grocery store," Rogerson's Emporium, where she is already poking through the aisles: "I feel as if I could cry forever. I could begin crying right here by the olives." Unprepared to simply strut up and say a casual "hello," she panics and hides herself before artlessly and conspicuously fleeing the store.

Outside, she fumes and fusses, not sure whether to escape while he's still occupied inside or stay and speak to him. After all, she was in such shock when he ended it, she didn't get to tell him what she really thought of him, did she? And nine months had only inflated that mountain of saved-up speech. Then, abruptly, her senses run for the hills: she, totally impulsively, sticks her head through the Cherokee's open window to inhale familiar David smells. And then she -- "I don't even know what I'm doing" -- opens the door and stuffs herself into the space behind the driver's seat! She covers herself with the clutter back there. Now he's coming...and she doesn't budge!

Okay then, what do you imagine about Virginia's age? Think maybe she is a twenty-something, thanks to her retro-adolescent behavior? Nope, this Jeep Cherokee stowaway is middle-aged. She and David, both divorced, began their ten-year relationship when Virginia was forty and he about fifty. Yes, even adult adults with their own homes and grown children can pull crazy stunts.

BLACK OLIVES isn't solely focused on the girlish, intrusive actions of a woman still emotionally bruised and aching from the New Year's breakup. To be sure, we follow her every move as she trespasses even more egregiously during this single, bizarre day. But, as she encroaches on her former lover's space, she minutely reviews her years with him. She remembers the blush of early, giddy closeness and then the ways they pulled away from each other.

This is a sure-handed, compulsively involving novel that wryly dissects and understands the human conditions that undermine the crusade of love. Love isn't "happily ever after" very often, and we all know it from personal heartache. Dudman just tells one "love-off-the-rails" story with more brass, more black comedy, more attention to the detritus of relationships and more gritty candor than most of us would or could. Reading BLACK OLIVES can tip us into memories of our own misfires in love, but it can also prod us to work harder to guard what we have when we have it.

4.5 stars.
AfinaS AfinaS
Martha Tod Dudman writes BLACK OLIVES with wit and truthfulness about the pain of midlife love lost. I was mesmerized by Virginia's tortured reflections as she bounces along on gravel roads under the sweaters that smell like him. Dudman's Virginia is smart and funny, and I couldn't turn the pages of BLACK OLIVES fast enough. I highly recommend this compelling fictional account to everyone I know. I liked BLACK OLIVES so much that I read it twice.
Fifty-something Virginia is standing in the olive section of a gourmet market when she spots her former lover, David. After nine months, she is still confused over why he jilted her but is relieved he hasn't seen her. If he were to see her again, she longs to look her ravishing best in the company of another man.
After seeing David, her lover of ten years in a store, heartbroken Virginia frets outside in the parking lot. Knowing his truck is parked next to her car, something he probably didn't even notice, she crawls into his back seat. Angry, she knows full well that her behavior is obsessive. Close enough to hear him breathe for the rest of the day, she hides and tries to figure out what cursed their romance.
Virginia reflects on the details of his personality while spying on him. She fears humiliation since he's sure to discover her, but somehow this undercover thrill is worth it. While she reflects over her willingness to cheer him through his intermittent depression, will she at some point confront him? Will she talk him into coming back to her? Can she ever stop missing him?
Tiainar Tiainar
I happened to buy this book in the airport a few weeks ago and finished it in just a few days. I thought the premise that a woman would stow away in her former lover's car was interesting (even if a bit weird). I was certainly curious about what would happen when/if she was discovered. I will leave the ending as a surprise, but what truly surprised me was the amazing truth in the way the author describes the range of emotions you go through when a relationship ends. This was no short romance. It was long, deep, emotional, and complicated. In such a relationship, one is always trying to forgive/fix the flaws of the other person and challenged by their partner to fix their own flaws. I endured a particularly painful breakup many years ago and I believe I've never read another book that so accurately described my range of emotions..disappointment at the loss, confusion about why he didn't want to continue the relationship, rage at not being forgiven for my shortcomings, loneliness, relief in not having to work so hard to try make it work, and curiosity about his new lover. Other reviewers found the main character self-absorbed or zany. I found her human and remembered feeling everything she felt. The ending felt perfect because in the end, it is never about the other person. It's always about you and the things that loving someone teach us about ourselves. I strongly recommend this book.
Nalaylewe Nalaylewe
We who are boy crazy that is, and aren't too shocked by the stunt Dudman's heroine pulls. This is a book that recognizes that all the fourteen year old stuff in our heads doesn't go away even if or flawless skin does. I remember being appalled when a forty-year old woman at my office started talking to us younger women about a date. Huh? She was still dating? Now I'm well aware that it's never over,and Martha writes a very funny episode in the continuing saga of obsessive love. The end clinches it with an expression of the wisdom Dudman has shown in her other books, too. Yup, is all I'll say. Yup. Yup. Yup.