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• May 25, 2002 - Oct 22, 2010 •
Forever in my heart
What I love about reading and blogging is finding new authors and Arthur Wooten, the author of Leftovers, is one of them. What a fantastic gem this book is! It took me back to an era when Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland were popular, when gas was 21 cents a gallon and cigarettes 30 cents, and when Tupperware was all the rage! (I remember Tupperware parties and truth be told we still have quite a bit of Tupperware in our cupboards – lol). I loved this journey back in time and the people I got to meet!
Vivian fantasizes about being the perfect housewife. The reason it’s a fantasy is because Vivian is the worst housekeeper and cook there is. Truth be told after an incident as a kid she’s pretty scared of that lumbering gas stove in her kitchen. When her husband who married her for the money he thought she’d inherit tells her he’s leaving her, she’s shocked. She literally falls apart – the bills are piling up, the power is turned off, and finally Vivian’s house is taken from her.
Lucky for Vivian she has a couple of good friends in Babs and her brother Stew because they take her in. Stew is in heaven as he’s been harboring a crush on Vivian for years. If only she’d notice him as more than Bab’s brother and a friend. When Vivian is unable to find a job Babs suggests selling Tupperware as she does. Vivian is terrified of speaking in front of a group of people but she realizes she has no choice.
Turns out Vivian is a natural born seller and has a knack with people – they like her. Once she gains confidence she goes at it with a vengeance. She becomes a top seller in a short time and gets to go a convention that ends up being the catalyst to her transformation. The creator of the Tupperware Home Party, Brownie Wise, decides to take Vivian under her wing. Vivian gets a makeover, new clothes, and a car. On top of it she becomes the media spokeswoman for Tupperware. Life as Vivian knew it is never the same. The only thing she didn’t bank on was losing the two most important people in her life on her rise to stardom.
Vivian is a great character. She’s so hopeless that she’s funny. She can’t park a car if her life depends on it, she dresses like a slob, and obviously she can’t keep a husband. Yet, as she says, Tupperware changes her life and it does. Vivian gains the confidence to succeed and be her own woman – to make it on her own. Keep in mind this is the 1950’s when it was less common for women to be so successful. It was great to see Vivian find herself and realize that despite a bad childhood and marriage, she was strong enough to take care of herself. Every time she stepped further up the ladder of self confidence I cheered her on and it was great to see her grow so much from where she had started.
Arthur has a wonderful writing style. While really the story is a serious one – a woman trying to find her way – he writes in a way that lightens it up and makes it funny and serious all at the same time. I was hooked on the story from the beginning because you just can’t help but be sucked into Vivian’s crazy life and I couldn’t put it down. I’ll say that I enjoyed it so much that I went and bought three more of Arthur’s books for my Kindle. Leftovers is a wonderful story of a woman who was truly lost for most of her life but finds herself in an unexpected way by sheer determination and selling Tupperware. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this book to my friends!
Be sure to pop by Arthur’s website to check out Leftovers as well as his other novels. You can also visit Arthur on his blog or find him on Facebook and Twitter. You can buy your own copy of Leftovers here at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, or for your Kindle (at only $2.99 – a steal!).
I have one paperback copy (or if you prefer a Kindle copy) of Leftovers by Arthur Wooten up for grabs. To enter…
This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only and I will draw for the winner on Saturday, May 5/12. Good luck to all!
Source: Review copy was provided by the author. No compensation was received for this review and all opinions are my own.Filed under 2012 - 100+ Books, 2012 ARC's, 2012 Book Reviews, 2012 eBooks | Comments (52)