THE THIN PINK LINE
Red Dress Ink, July 2003
Reviewed by Barbara Fielding
Jane Taylor, assistant editor for The Churchill & Stewart Publishing Firm, suspects she might be pregnant. Since all her thirty-something friends have started getting married and having babies, Jane has begun to feel left out, and thinks she might actually like the idea of having a baby. When she tells her live-in boyfriend, stockbroker, Trevor Rhys-Davies about the pregnancy, he doesn't act all that unhappy over the news. He just shrugs and says, "let's wait and see". But later, when Jane's period begins, she's reluctant to share the news. In fact, she enjoys everyone's reaction to her pregnancy and decides to carry on faking being pregnant.
Pretending to be pregnant isn't as easy as one might think, and Jane's screwball plan forces her to go to some comical lengths to continue her ruse. She even finds she has to become a closet smoker and drinker. Jane continues to pretend even after Trevor discovers she's faking and moves out. She finally encounters the biggest downside to faking pregnancy when she falls head-over-heels in love.
THE THIN PINK LINE is a hilarious chick lit novel. Written in a clear, dry, British-comic style that is fast becoming the rage, Ms Baratz-Logsted has created a wonderful summer read. Jane is a shallow, self-involved woman who would be a completely boring and pathetic character, if not for the self-deprecating, introspective honesty of the author's narration. She saves Jane, through quick humor and biting dialogue. The delivery may be comic but the message of the book rings through -- lies take on a life of their own. And the surprise ending is straight out of Dickens novel. I got a good laugh out of the scene involving book reviews and loved the references to classic literature and writers. To find out more you'll have to read it for yourself -- it's on sale now.
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