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Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite
After an elephant crushed Mr. and Mrs. Payne to death, Edna and Edith moved back to their parents' house. The lives of these sixty-something-year-old sisters hadn't quite turned out as well as they had expected. As a result, relocating to Number One Curmudgeon Avenue was in the best interests of both of them. With their limited resources, they needed money to fix the roof of the house. The next logical decision was to take in a lodger, and they put an advert in the window of Mrs. Ali's shop. Little did they know that the text of the advert now said "todger" instead of "lodger." Amidst all the confusion, Edith began a romantic interlude with one of Edna's ex-boyfriends, Maurice. He wanted revenge on Edna, and dating Edith gave him access to their house. Indeed, the result was absolutely hysterical.
Curmudgeon Avenue: The Terraced House Diaries by Samantha Henthorn is a hilarious take on the preposterous lives of Edna and Edith. The author has made an excellent decision in assigning the role of the storyteller to the house in Curmudgeon Avenue. Place a bunch of nincompoops in the most absurd situations and, voila, you cannot stop laughing. The ludicrous episodes range from Maurice conspiring to slow-poison Edna to a plot to sell the house while Harold is still living in it. The rib-tickling conversations ensure that the comedy does not stop. I highly recommend Curmudgeon Avenue by Samantha Henthorn to humor-lovers. Who knew that a house could be such a marvelous storyteller? But, Curmudgeon Avenue is just that - a phenomenal narrator!