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The Last Laugh

(2017)
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*A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice*

From the award-winning author Lynn Freed, who's been called a "literary star" by The New York Times Book Review, comes a hilarious and brilliant new novel about the riotous, passion-filled adventures of three women who thought they were past their prime.

To escape their griping grown children, husbands and lovers, and an abundance of grandchildren underfoot, three self-proclaimed "old bags," Dania, Ruth, and Bess, head for a quiet island on the Aegean Sea. They'll spend a year by the water - watching the sunset, eating grilled fish and fresh olives, sipping ouzo. They deserve it, they say. After all those years, the three women will finally have some peace.

Except that they can't. For one, Bess, a pampered, once-beautiful inheritress, falls swiftly into an affair with a poetry-writing taxi driver - who has, of course, a territorial wife. And Dania, a therapist, begins to receive an increasing number of cryptically menacing phone calls from a psychotic patient. An ex-lover of Ruth's shows up unexpectedly, right before one of Bess's does - and then the women's children arrive, with their own demanding children in tow. As the island quickly becomes crowded, the women's serene year in Greece devolves perilously, and uproariously, into something much more complicated.

With the wit of Maria Semple's Today Will Be Different and all the adventure of Deborah Moggach's The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Lynn Freed's The Last Laugh is at once wildly funny and deeply perceptive, an exuberant story of friendship and pleasure, family and love.

Genre: General Fiction    

Praise for this book

"Hilarious and wise, this sublime novel shows us how the familiar is transformed by explosive events, in a world where bonds are deepened and lifelong mistakes are redeemed. The Last Laugh is a delight." - Maria Flook


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Hardback Editions

July 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Last Laugh: A Novel
Author(s): Lynn Freed
ISBN: 0-374-28665-5 / 978-0-374-28665-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
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Paperback Editions

July 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Last Laugh: A Novel
Author(s): Lynn Freed
ISBN: 1-250-18210-7 / 978-1-250-18210-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Audio Editions

October 2017 : Audio CD
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Title: The Last Laugh: A Novel
Author(s): Lynn Freed
ISBN: 1-5414-1520-5 / 978-1-5414-1520-1
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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October 2017 : Audio CD
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Title: The Last Laugh: A Novel
Author(s): Lynn Freed
ISBN: 1-5414-6520-2 / 978-1-5414-6520-6
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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October 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Last Laugh: A Novel
Author(s): Lynn Freed
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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Kindle Editions

July 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Last Laugh: A Novel
Author(s): Lynn Freed
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA