Opera. Jane Hamilton’s new novel, Laura Rider’s Masterpiece, could be considered as a new genre: comic opera in novel form. Laura decides to disengage from sex with her husband, Charlie, after a dozen years of marriage. Charlie’s only skill is lovemaking, and Laura’s had enough for a lifetime. While they work together in their garden and landscaping business in Hartley, Wisconsin, Laura’s dream is to write a book. After Charlie begins flirting with Jenna, a radio talk show host, Laura decides to encourage the relationship and use it as material for her to write her masterpiece: a romance novel. Hamilton creates a funny book through this trio’s exploits, and the plot made me think of a comic opera, with ample pratfalls to provide broad entertainment. Sit back, relax, enjoy and laugh as you read Laura Rider’s Masterpiece.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)