In “Janie Lee Ligon’s Recipe for Revenge,” Fiona Fieldston has crafted a literary gem that captivates readers from start to finish. Her ability to skillfully blend drama, empowerment, and self-discovery into a single narrative is a testament to her storytelling prowess. This novel stands as a powerful and thought-provoking exploration of ambition and the indomitable spirit that drives individuals to triumph over adversity. Fiona Fieldston’s work is not only a captivating read but also a reminder of the enduring power of determination and self-discovery in the face of life’s challenges. – Amazon Review
It’s 1995 and Janie Ligon has just achieved her dream job at Levi Strauss. She is poised to break through the proverbial glass ceiling that has blocked most women from senior management positions in American business. This is when her husband of 24 years decides to seek a divorce so he can marry the quintessential trophy wife. Janie fights back, refusing to let her well-ordered life become a cliche.
But appearances can be deceiving. Where is the line that separates fact from fiction? What constitutes a perfect marriage? Where is the balance between professional success and personal happiness? If John F. Kennedy was right and life is unfair, are there any rules of fair play that should govern our behavior?
These are questions both the reader and the characters ponder as the narrative unfolds in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, London and Scotland. There are behind-the-scenes observations about corporate life at Levi Strauss, and first-hand accounts of living in Silicon Valley during the dot.com boom and its subsequent bust.
Fictional realism comparable to that depicted in the urban landscapes painted by Richard Estes.
“Fiona Fieldston’s overall narrative is an engaging, materialist story driven by both action and character. She smoothly incorporates letter writing and exposition into the text. Readers have apt opportunity to root for various characters as they navigate their lives from college age to retirement throughout this novel. These characters carry potential and hold generally realistic perspectives and traits. The prose rates a 9 on our scale of 10.” – BookLife Prize Critic’s Report