The narrative of Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons: A Novel centers around five women in a neighborhood who form a book club. The author is Lorna Landvik. It's a medium length novel, but a fast read. The story covers about 30 years from the 1960s to the 1990s. Most of the chapters begin with a brief bit of information about the book being read by the club at the time -- it's name, author and why it was selected or some other interesting tidbit.
Over the course of the time covered, the housewives from a neighborhood form the club, develop deep friendships and experience events that were emblematic of U.S. suburbs of the time and those that are common experiences in any setting. As the book progresses we learn more about each woman and how the ways she has responded to key events have molded her.
The book touches on many serious topics including miscarriages, alcoholism, war protests, post-traumatic stress disorder, child rearing, "wild" teenagers, sex and procreation out of wedlock, infidelity, spousal abuse and family secrets.