Diane embarks on a rollicking 'body and soul' autopsy of life and marriage. Whether we’re laughing or crying during her attempts to get fit or her sessions with a shrink—we like this woman tremendously ... Lavoie’s fiercely hilarious take on the pains and triumphs of marital abandonment feels perfectly right.
Readers who themselves may have come to the end of their own 'forever,' can walk a vicarious mile in Diane’s shoes—actually, an overpriced pair of stunning blue Italian boots, a rebound-purchase funded by selling her wedding ring. In scenes sometimes poignant, sometimes funny, Diane survives this searing journey to dance to her own beat.
Quebec novelist Lavoie...brings a bracing, comic edge to this well-worn storyline but doesn’t avoid the predictabilities of the genre ... Lavoie keeps her novel short, offering chaotic humor and snappy observation to balance the pain and loss. ... A readable, recognizable, tragicomic account of coping with domestic disaster.