Zena Collier A Cooler Climate

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A Cooler Climate

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After leaving her affluent husband for an artist who then deserts her, financially insolvent Iris Prue becomes a housekeeper against her daughter Paula's wishes, setting off a devastating chain of events for Paula

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A provocative story of a conventional woman who suddenly loses her social identity and financial security, this quietly engrossing first novel tells of Iris Prue, 45, destitute after leaving her wealthy husband for a lover--who then abandons her--and settling for a quick but inequitable divorce. Iris's pampered past as wife, mother and hostess has ill prepared her for earning her own living, and as she fails at one job after another she focuses on the one field she has mastered: housekeeping. To the dismay of her friends and the horror of her daughter, Callie, a lawyer, Iris takes a job with Leo and Paula Tanner, a wealthy couple with theatrical connections, to be cook and maid in their home in Maine. Because Paula is demanding, cold and arrogant, Iris is initially uncertain and insecure. Soon she finds her chores manageable, however, and begins to make friends in the small community, gradually regaining her confidence and self-esteem. Then Paula suffers a crushing blow when her daughter runs off with an unscrupulous young man and Leo demands a divorce. She reaches out to Iris and the two women become tentative friends, but Iris fears she will lose her newfound independence if she immerses herself in Paula's problems. Collier, who has previously written children's books, offers no easy solutions here. The absorbing story is peopled by a cast of robust characters and moves to a shocking yet believable conclusion.
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In Collier's first novel, middle-aged Iris Prue leaves her wealthy plastic surgeon husband for an artist, who then deserts her. She faces the fact that she must somehow support herself, and takes a job as housekeeper for a troubled couple at their summer home in Maine. She observes their problems, which are so familiar to her, as she tries to build a new life. A Cooler Climate explores relationships between women, both personal and social, and the pressures that affect women's life choices. However, the upper-class, monied characters are not easy to relate to. Even Iris lives in a world where friends urge her not work. For larger fiction collections.
- Gwen Gregory, Adams State Coll. Lib., Alamosa, Col.
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