7.7.13

LEADER OF THE BAND, by Fay Weldon

Starlady Sandra, television personality, astronomer, and discoverer of the planet Athena, throws it all over – including her ambitious, high-class swine of a husband – for an eternally on-the-road sax player named Jack. It’s instant lust when these two meet, and the barrister husband is history: but not quite. Jack and Sandra and the one-of-a-kind band tour France in a dying VW bus. Sandra’s meditations on married life, and life in general, could (if you enjoy long and occasionally raunchy episodes of navel-gazing) make this one of your favorite reads. A 4. Sex is a 3, but it never gets out of hand except to the prissy former spouse.