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Trophy House
by Anne Bernay

Category: Fiction / General
0 pages; ISBN: 074327055X

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


Trophy House
Anne Bernay
Simon & Schuster, Aug 2005, $24.00, 288 pp.
ISBN: 074327055X

On Cape Cod, the residents are depressed as the one year anniversary of 9/11 occurs. Children’s book illustrator Danforth “Dannie” Faber is sad and somewhat guilty because her life is near perfect while summering on the dunes of the Cape. She and her spouse MIT anthology Professor Tom is an ideal couple and their two adult children seem to be doing well. Perhaps the only glooms are that she dislikes the lover of her daughter, Beth and wealthy Mitchell Brenner has built an affluent monstrosity in the middle of Truro.

However, her perfect life begins to unravel when Beth comes home heartbroken as her lover dumped her. Stunned Beth quit her job as accessory and make-up editor at Scripy teen magazine. An even worse shock is Tom leaves Dannie for someone younger. Upset but refusing to mope, Dannie finds solace with a publishing peer.

TROPHY HOUSE is an intriguing character study that focuses mostly on a middle age woman whose life radically changes when her long time spouse leaves her, but also provides a look at other individuals like a nouveau riche show-off, etc. However, this is clearly Dannie’s tale. Thus, after the initial shock is over, Dannie begins to regain her equilibrium seeking solace elsewhere. Though action readers need to visit a different house, Anne Bernay writes a fine contemporary fiction novel that stars a strong ensemble cast kept together by the strong lead protagonist.

Harriet Klausner


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