By Sue Townsend. Sue Townsend's brittle, brilliant farce begins when Coventry Dakin, a beautiful middle-aged British housewife, seizes an Action Ottawa escort ads doll and brains a slobbering, philandering neighbor who is about to strangle his wife. The neighbor, a loathsome physical wreck, drops dead and Coventry takes off, leaving behind, in order of inificance: pompous cops, sniping escort harrisburg gossips, a ''pettifogging collection of concrete and brick they called gilbert escort estate,'' her numbed teen-age children and her whining, toadlike husband and his collection of inexplicably anorexic pet tortoises.
Coventry 's fate is to become another brampton 69 escort face among London's homeless. There Ms. Townsend, author of the popular novel ''The Adrian Mole Diaries,'' sends her innocent and slightly screwball heroine along a bent path through London's upper and lower crusts.
In one incredible week, Coventry becomes a bag lady, a prostitute, a maidservant and an earnest guest at a society dinner party. As we may expect, the homeless she meets usa escort girls their daft dignity, the young professionals are feckless snobs and the upper-class swells come off as bloated, bigoted oafs mouthing Thatcherite platitudes.
The book's title suggests that Coventry 's flight, as with the running rabbits in American suburban escape novels of the 's, will lead her to a renewed sense of self.
This doesn't quite happen, and the short chapters, jarring shifts in points of view and sketchy plot details make ''Rebuilding Coventry '' more a series of hilarious kualapuu hi adult personals moments than a cohesive novel. But the book remains great fun, thanks to Ms. Townsend's crisp, clever prose and her unabashed glee at wringing from her wacky characters the essence of their vileness: everyone in England is rotten through and through, except for Coventry - who, as she reminds us, is beautiful and a murderer - and her friend Dodo, a high-society refugee who s in her escape.
One finishes the book longing to go with them.