Okay, this has been bugging me for a few months now. I can’t remember the title of the following book. I checked it out from the library sometime after “budget cuts” at my school in June, 2003 and before I went to Korea in November of 2004. Actually, the time frame must have been pre-blogging days, or I probably would’ve written about it. I read the first couple of chapters but didn’t finish before it was due back at the library. Here’s what I remember:
A middle-aged woman lives somewhere in the US (one of those cold states, I think, like Michigan or Minnesota) with her husband, who is a minister. (I think. He might have been a doctor or professor.) One day, a young woman comes to the house for counsel of some kind with the husband and the woman serves her some kind of comfort food, like cookies and cocoa (couldn’t swear to the menu, though). Then the young woman tells the older woman, “You’re so kind and sweet. You remind me of Mrs. Santa Claus.” The older woman is horrified by the comment, especially when she later does a mirror check and sees anew her plumpness, and her short, graying curly perm. (I’m sure about the gray, but not the perm) This is a catalyst. The woman goes on a crash diet, grows her hair out, puts some dye on it and divorces her husband and moves to Vancouver (or maybe it was Toronto) to start a new life. Her ex-husband and grown children think she’s gone off her rocker.
Can anyone help me? What’s the title of this book? Who’s the author? I’d like to find it and finish it.