Jean is a middle aged woman who has just lost her mother to cancer. Her mother’s declining health took a toll on Jean, and she is unsure of how to go on with her life. She had been living with her mother, so she attempts to get back into a routine once she moves back into the home she shares with her husband, Milt. Then it clicks. Jean realizes that she has a duty, and that duty is to ensure that her closest friends do not have to deal with the tragedy of aging and eventually dying. So she decides to off them.
You may think that Jean has gone off her rocker, but she is extremely methodical in planning the deaths of her friends. She is most interested in an old friend Cheryl, whom she hasn’t seen since high school, decades ago. As the hunt for Cheryl is on its way, Jean has no choice but to focus on her other friends.
Practical Jean is one of the best satirical books I have ever read. The humor was so dry it was like a fine dust. I had a smirk on my face for the majority of the novel. I have seen quite a few reviews that describe Jean as unlikeable. Personally, I was more ambivalent towards her. It’s not necessarily a character driven book, so in the end Jean’s character didn’t move me in one direction or the other. Instead, I just enjoyed her reasoning process and the way she attempted to cover her crimes long enough to get through her list of friends.
The aspect I loved best about Practical Jean was that it was fresh. I have not read anything like it in a long time!
About Trevor Cole
Trevor Cole has been hailed as “one of the best young novelists in the country” by Canada’s national newspaper, the Globe and Mail, for his books Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life, The Fearsome Particles, and Practical Jean. He lives near Toronto.
Trevor’s Tour Stop
Tuesday, October 18th: Unabridged Chick
Wednesday, October 19th: Life in Review
Monday, October 24th: The Lost Entwife
Tuesday, October 25th: The Lit Witch
Wednesday, October 26th: girlichef
Thursday, October 27th: That’s What She Read
Monday, October 31st: Books Like Breathing
Tuesday, November 1st: Wordsmithonia
Wednesday, November 2nd: In the Next Room
Thursday, November 3rd: Cafe of Dreams
Friday, November 4th: StephTheBookworm
Monday, November 7th: Reviews by Lola