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Jean Copeland, an emotionally withdrawn wife and mother of two, has taken a secret lover—only to lose him in a moment of tragedy that leaves her reeling. Her husband, Gordon, is oblivious, distracted by the fear that he's losing his most prized asset: his memory. Daughter Priscilla (a pill since birth—don't get us started) is talking about clothes, or TV, or whatever, and hatching a plan to extend her maddening reach to all of America. Nine-year-old Otis is torn between his two greatest loves: crossword puzzles and his new girlfriend.
At the back of the house, grandfather Theodore is in the early throes of Parkinson's disease. (And he's fine with it—as long as they continue to let him walk the damn dog alone.) And Vivian, the family's ninety-eight-year-old matriarch, is a razor-sharp grande dame who suffers no fools...and still harbors secret dreams of her own.
With empathy, humor, and an unforgettable voice, Elizabeth Crane reveals what one family finds when everyone goes looking for meaning in all the wrong places.
I found it hard to keep up with the characters. It was really a bunch of short stories. There were too many unanswered questions I would have liked to have been resolved. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dorothy M Sillers
What a refreshing change in contemporary fiction. Love the every day not being so every day...
Highly recommend this book.
You won't regret buying this book! Each character is presented individually, and you get to know each and every one of them on a very personal level. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Aubrey Braddock
A very dysfunctional family that doesn't know how to communicate with each other. Four lives going about their business. It reflects today's family. I found it humorous.Published 12 months ago by Patricia Myers
An unusual writing style in two different ways. One was a third person observation of the character and his or her behavior, and the other was the character ruminating in his or... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Penny B.
This story started out interesting enough. Quirky characters. But after the first several chapters... nothing. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lit Chic
Story had no direction, very disconnected. The ending was very abrupt and didn't bring the story to a conclusion. Would yet recommend to friends.Published 15 months ago by AmazonFanInYL
Not what I'd call a good time. A little too cutesy, a little too forced, and what's up with only knowing so much? Read morePublished 16 months ago by ReasonableGoatPerson
Great writing! Her short stories are unique quirky and insightful. One of my favorite writers . Did I say funny?Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer