Over 50's Singles Night by Ellyn Bache
"In this charming, wry look at sisterhood, the love, misunderstandings, anger and complexity of sister relationships are brought out...Well written, humorous and emotional."
—Romantic Times Book Club Magazine
"Ellyn Bache has written funny bits before [but] she's never tried a full-length comedy—and the result, Over 50's Singles Night, suggests she should have...Three Stooges-style slapstick is out, although one hilarious moment involves one poor old dear coughing up her dentures alone with half-chewed chick fajita...pleasant, undemanding entertainment [and Bache's] sharp eye for character quirks keep the story from becoming trite."
Winner of the Madcap Award for Romantic Comedy, this is the author's only true comic novel, hoping to provide a bit of respite from today's strange and difficult times: Six years after her husband’s death, BJ Fradkin has a successful career, a nice house, and a pleasant life...until her younger sister, Iris, 55, moves in with her.
The recent widow of a philanderer, Iris is attractive (thanks partly to skillful plastic surgery), sweet, helpful...and so comfortable that BJ fears she’ll never move out.
So BJ starts an "Over 50’s Singles Night" to help find Iris a new husband. But when only a few elderly ladies and one gay man show up, BJ sees that it’s time to regroup. She introduces Iris to a retired neighbor. The two of them dislike each other at once—though the neighbor likes BJ quite a bit. Then Iris reveals a long-held secret that keeps the sisters avoiding each other for weeks.
Will they ever make up? Will sisterly love prevail? Romantic love? Will "Over Fifties Singles Night" be a failure—or more powerful than anyone thought?
Ellyn Bache is the award-winning author of nine novels, including Safe Passage, which was made into a movie starring Susan Sarandon. Her short stories have appeared in dozens of commercial and literary magazines and in two collections, The Value of Kindness that won the Willa Cather Fiction Prize, and Kaleidoscope, a celebration of women's magazine fiction. Bache lived in Wilmington for twenty years before moving to South Carolina.