Picks and Pans Review: This Body
by Laurel Doud
When Katharine Ashley, a joyless, middle-aged mother, dies in her sleep of cardiac arrest, it is just a beginning. She wakes up a year later in a strange apartment and, stranger yet, inside the waiflsh body of Thisby Bennet, a young woman who has also apparently given up the ghost. What could be better than a second chance at youth: flat stomach, taut thighs, raging libido and all? But—cruel twist—Katharine has inherited young Thisby's flaws as well as her flesh, including her addictions, her drug-dealing boyfriend and her dysfunctional family.
Katharine sets out to clean up Thisby's act, and, desperate to find out about her own family, hires a private detective, only to learn that her husband has happily remarried and that her children are doing just fine without her. That their life goes on, and she can no longer be a part of it, sends Katharine on a bender—and a whopper of an identity crisis. First-time novelist Doud overdoes the self-actualization angle but pulls off her fantasy with flair and fun. (Little, Brown, $23.95)
Bottom Line: Engaging tale of a frumpy mom who's born again—as a sexy Gen X-er
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