"From the Orange Prize-nominated author of "A Visit From Voltaire" comes a delightful mix of Desperate Housewife-meets-Karate Kid, with hints for the underdog reader in each of us. Read this witty literary romance and you'll be get ready to take on the bullies and poseurs out in the cold, cruel everyday world."
A London librarian is losing her job, her man and, possibly even her mind. Enrolling in an evening class, "Mending Marriage or Decent Divorce," Jane ends up by mistake with some oddball businessmen studying Sun Tzu's The Art of War and China's legendary Thirty-six Battle Stratagems.
Professor Baldwin urges Jane to give his management class a try before joining the lovelorn ladies next door. He'll train her in ancient military wiles to "fight without fighting"--and win back Joe, her career and best of all, her self-esteem.
Can Sun Tzu and his feudal warlords save a middle-aged woman in modern London, not to mention her hapless classmates? Overwhelmed by an ageing celebrity mother and an anorexic teen daughter, the distraught Jane has nothing to lose and in fact, gains more from Baldwin's coaching than she bargained for--with hilarious and poignant results.
Dinah Lee Küng worked for twenty years as a reporter in Asia writing for among others, The Economist, The International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, and BusinessWeek. She won the Overseas Press Club's Award for Best Humanitarian Coverage in 1991 and her comic novel, A Visit From Voltaire, was nominated for The Orange Prize for Fiction in the U.K. She is the author of six novels and a number of plays, including the radio play "Dear Mr Rogge," which won a commendation in the BBC World Service Playwriting Contest of 2008. She and her husband, a retired International Committee of the Red Cross delegate, have three adult children and live in Switzerland.
(If she uses Sun Tzu's tactics for a happy household, she's not confessing and her husband isn't complaining.)
- Eyes and Ears, April 2012
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