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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite
This captivating novel, Grannie Panties Are UnderRated by Gayle Erickson, begins with the prologue taking place in Tokyo in 1994. The main character, 24-year-old Elle, has been living in Tokyo for two years. She has a boyfriend, Tak, and she knows she is in big trouble. Move forward to 2017, describing 47-year-old Elle’s life as the perfect suburban housewife. She is married to Winston Ford Martin III, a very successful and wealthy businessman, and they have two adolescent children, Brynnie and Four. Elle spends her time living the upper-class lifestyle, managing the housekeeper and her large house, and keeping up appearances with the other mothers whose children attend the exclusive Country Day School.
There are many flashback chapters, describing Elle’s life in Tokyo, from her arrival in 1992 through 1994. From meeting her best friend, Mitch, at Tokyo’s Narita airport in August 1992, to her work teaching English to Japanese students, to her next job in a nightclub, to her involvement with the hot and shady Tak, her life in Japan took some unexpected turns. She never shared most of these experiences with her husband or her children, but focused on creating a new life.
One of the most interesting aspects of this novel is the rich character development of Elle over the decades of her life. By going back and forth between different time periods, the reader understands the motivations and emotions of this fascinating character. Author Gayle Erickson is a wonderful storyteller as she weaves in various scenes and intriguing characters over the years in Grannie Panties Are UnderRated. This is a real page-turner, and the ending is fantastic!