“In Weldon’s skillful hands, the obsessions of nineties London are picked apart to wonderfully comic effect. . . . If you can just keep up with Weldon’s madcap journey, Mantrapped is more than worth the trip.” Elaina Richardson, O
978-0-8021-4217-7 • $14.00 • Paperback • Nov. 2005
Fay Weldon is at her witty best in this riches-to-rags gender-bending saga
Trisha is a forty-four-year-old woman at the end of her rope: creditors are coming and boyfriends have long left. Then one day, she bumps into a dashing Russell Crowe lookalike, Peter Watson, an editor for the local paper, only their bump is more than an “Excuse me.” They swap souls and Trisha suddenly inhabits Peter’s body and he becomes her. Peter looks down to see himself housed in Trisha’s much curvier form, and Trisha discovers she’s newly equipped with hairy legs and a six-pack.
Fay Weldon intersperses their story with her own, creating a world within a world, examining how the characters she creates influence her own life and vice versa. Mantrapped is the continuing story of Fay Weldon, writer, mother, daughter, sister, cook, campaigner, and juggler of life, time, work, and money. Like Trisha she has been rich, and like Trisha she has been poor. Like Trisha she has been mantrapped, andunlike Trishadoes not regret it one bit. From 1960s London (wild parties, no money) to 1970s Somerset (animals, wild parties, no money), Weldon interweaves her rich and adventurous life with Trisha and Peter’s blisteringly funny predicament and teaches us that in the end the things we regret are those that we don’t do, not what we do.