Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes was oa grueling chore for me to read. It is the story of Kit, a woman in her forties who is an American now living in Tuscany, Italy and in the process of writing a book about a beloved older friend. Piggybacked onto her story are the experiences of three older American women who have experienced personal losses, befriend each other, and decide to spend a year living in a house for rent next door to Kit. While the new ladies explore the country and forge new lives, Kit discovers she’s pregnant after believing it would never be possible.
There were way too many storylines in this novel for me to follow. The use of “asides” drove me insane! There’s one random character thought about Liz Taylor’s eyelashes that’s so out of context I couldn’t believe it! Show, don’t tell? As I read the novel, I felt as if the author sat with a computer the entire time searching for meaningful fillers and obscure references to include in her book.
I didn’t feel connected to any of the characters; and there were enough of them! I did appreciate the references to food, but I am sorry to say that was about all. I came away relieved that I finished the novel, but disappointed.