Contemporary Women’s Fiction
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Carla Matteo copes with life by “taking to the bottle”–glass goddesses funneling perfume! During a midlife renaissance the “juice” offers incentive for Carla to find her own niche, while the ominous rose note in Paloma Picasso forces her to confront a troubled past, redefine friendships, sort out matters of the heart, and come to terms with the tenets of her life.
Fragrance addiction numbs the pain of her father’s tragic death, wards off the sting of a severed adolescent friendship, fortifies her against the stench of employment inside her husband’s waste management company on land purported to have been swindled from a downtrodden pig farmer by her shady father-in-law, and wafts through fantasies of having a fling with hubby’s paesano.
Carla Matteo’s self-deprecating wit and candor navigate the reader past Rhode Island’s affluent coastal communities, prominent landmarks, cherished institutions, and olive oil spills of the underworld as she reveals her quirks, inhibitions, anxieties, and fears. Carla’s account is as multilayered as the fragrances she wears to permeate back stories that illuminate the present and surrender underlying secrets one morsel at a time.