Review: Leftovers by Arthur Wooten

 

Title: Leftovers

Author : Arthur Wooten

Published: Galaxis April 2012

Synopsis: Vivian Lawson’s fantasy of being the perfect 1950s suburban housewife is shattered when an uncontrollable event changes her life forever.  Destitute and left to fend for herself in a man’s world, she searches her New England town unable to find a job. With nowhere to turn, Vivian takes the advice of her wisecracking best friend, Babs, and reluctantly becomes a Tupperware lady. Vivian struggles with low self-esteem as well as stage fright but with the support of Babs’ lovesick brother, Stew, and the creator of Tupperware’s Home Party Plan system, Brownie Wise, she may just find the strength to conquer her inner demons and take control of her life.

Status: Read on May 30, 2012 — I own a copy {Courtesy the author}

My Thoughts:

Who knew that Tupperware could save more than leftovers? For abandoned 1950’s housewife Vivian Lawson, Tupperware also saved her life. This warm and lighthearted novel is about a woman’s journey from a timid, penniless divorcee to independent, successful woman. When her adulterous husband deserts her, Viv Lawson sinks into depression, eventually losing her home along with her dignity. Pulled back from the brink of utter despair by her best friend, Babs and Babs brother, Stew, she reluctantly finds herself helping them selling Tupperware, only to discover she has a knack for it and the plastic fantastic catapults Viv into a new, successful life.

There are few women in western society who do not have at least a piece or two of Tupperware in the cupboard. I still have bits and pieces inherited from my grandmother and mother’s kitchens and the odd new product (though Tupperware is now prohibitively expensive). What we rarely consider is the impressive influence Tupperware had on women’s lives upon it’s introduction post World War II. The company pioneered the party plan approach to sales, provided women with the opportunity to earn their own money by ‘respectable’ means and rewarded them with lavish celebration. Arthur Wooten uses this social catalyst as a clever and interesting framework for his story of a woman’s emancipation.

I have to admit Leftovers not as polished as previous work I have read by Arthur Wooten, namely Birthday Pie. There is the odd copy error (though I was provided with an ARC that had not yet had its final screening) and the general writing style is not as smooth but his wry sense of humour is still evident and the characters are appealing.

A quick and easy read at just over 200 pages, Leftovers is an engaging and entertaining novel that successfully blends comedy and drama, with a hint of rosy nostalgia. If you have ever burped a salad bowl, then I recommend you give this a try.

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About the Author

Arthur Wooten is the author of the critically acclaimed novels On Picking Fruit and Fruit Cocktail. He’s also written for television, theatre and film.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dalene
    Jun 03, 2012 @ 03:51:51

    I love Tupperware!! Great review. I definitely adding this to my list. Love finding great fiction reads such as this. Thanks 🙂

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  2. The Australian Bookshelf
    Jun 03, 2012 @ 15:54:35

    I’m a bit of a tupperware hoarder myself! I have one of those cupboards in my kitchen that i avoid opening for fear of everything spilling out lol. But at least my pantry is well organised and labelled 🙂

    Leftovers sounds like a nice, easy way to pass an afternoon

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  3. Kate RizzettiK
    Jun 05, 2012 @ 12:26:30

    During Melbourne Comedy Festival we went to see Dixie’s Tupperware party. Hilarious guy in drag posing as a Southern Belle who LOVES her tupperware. He wove a lot of the history of tupperware into the show and it was fascinating. Really showed how tupperware changed women’s lived post war when they were ordered out of the factories and back into their homes to become perfect and disillusioned housewives. This book sounds like a great compliment to the show

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