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Cover the Butter
by Carrie Kabak

Category: Fiction / General
352 pages; ISBN: 0525948767

Rating: 8/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner

Review

Cover the Butter
Carrie Kabak
Dutton, Jun 2005, $23.05, 352 pp.
ISBN: 0525948767

In Dorton, England forty-something Kate Vadogan comes home after being away for a few days to find a disaster. Apparently her teenage son Charlie hosted a party that got out of control leaving their house a ruin and apparently the police came to end the gala when neighbors complained. Disgusted, Kate questions Charlie, who’s indifferent. She turns to her spouse Rodney who was home, but he tells her he has a golf date and leaves. Other efforts to reach Rodney fail as he ignores her to watch sports.

Disappointed in her two men, Kate drinks several glasses of wine to forget her woes. As she gets drunk, she suddenly travels back three decades to 1965 when as a young teen she is about to obtain her first bra. Kate sees herself as a suppressed youngster raised by a harsh dominant mother and a feeble father. With her two best friends at her side, she begins to enjoy life, but which Kate will become the two decade married woman, the suppressed soul who always covered and refrigerated the butter or the passionate person who joined with her family enjoying the butter?

Similar to Peggy Sue Got Married, COVER THE BUTTER is an insightful family drama. Kate’s frustration seems totally right until readers realize that there are a series of small insignificant matters that Kate turned into Mount Everest driving her males into avoiding her. COVER THE BUTTER is a deep relationship tale with a fantasy twist that enlightens Kate that leaving the butter uncovered is not life significant; don’t sweat the small stuff and work those that matter.

Harriet Klausner

 

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