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I Like You Just Fine When You're Not Around Paperback – June 4, 2016
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"It's not enough that Ann Garvin is hilarious. Then she has to go ahead and be compassionate and wise about the hopeful car-wreck that is most of humanity...Garvin builds an unorthodox family that's both tight knit and forever at odds, and not one of those family members feels any less than rich, real, and complex-just what a novel needs." -Michelle Wildgen, author of You're Not You and Bread and Butter -
"Ann Garvin writes delightfully flawed characters and compelling plots with humor and compassion. Her view of the world makes people not only fans of her work, but fangirls of her personally." --Ann Imig LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER
In I LIKE YOU JUST FINE WHEN YOU'RE NOT AROUND, Ann Garvin skillfully weaves an intricate tale of life and love that allows the reader to easily immerse herself in a complex family dynamic. The cast of characters is realistic as well as delightfully quirky, and Garvin's sharp wit and keen insight shine through on every page. I LIKE YOU JUST FINE WHEN YOU'RE NOT AROUND is a heartwarming and humorous read. --Amy Sue Nathan, author of THE GLASS WIVES
"Told with Garvin's charming wit and propelled by mystery, I Like You Just Fine When You're Not Around challenges our definition of family and love. A poignant and humor-filled look at those who care for everyone but themselves."
-Kate Moretti New York Times author of Thought I Knew You And Binds That Tie
"I Like You Just Fine When You're Not Around captures the gritty truth of a family in crisis as the heartbreak of Alzheimer's disease collides with caring for new life. Author Ann Garvin, writing with warmth and wisdom, explores sisters turning from piercing love to boiling rage and back again as they cope with the exhaustion of being the sandwiched generation."
-Randy Susan Meyers, bestselling author of Accidents of Marriage
From the Author
This book is for any woman who has everpondered the unfairness of life, who has wished for there to be someone to calland weigh-in on an imbalanced marriage or list of duties. For any woman whodoes more than their fair share, meet Tig Monohan, a frazzled woman who isworking so hard to care for her mother with Alzheimer's, her colicky niece andwayward boyfriend that she finally has had enough and decides to put her footdown on the radio and set things straight.
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By Ann Garvin
In her new novel, Ann Garvin explores the many facets of loss, and the hope one must summon to fill in the empty spaces.
Tig Monahan’s life is unraveling right before her eyes. She is currently a therapist, but that may end soon. She uncharacteristically lost her cool, and shamed a client in front of his wife. Her boyfriend Pete decides to leave her behind when he moves to Hawaii for a research project. And at the root of everything is her mother’s mental decline.
"Tig Monahan tried to imagine what it would be like to lose her mind. Was it like a quick, fully aware, terror-filled slip on an icy sidewalk, or slower, where a tiny skidding sensation goes unnoticed until suddenly you realize all four limbs are in the air and your face is in a ditch?"
Tig’s mother Hallie has Alzheimer’s. She’s always been the rock in Tig’s life, but her fierce independence has dissolved into the confines of her illness. Now the tables have turned. Tig has done everything in her power to take care of her mother, but after Hallie accidentally cuts herself while living with Tig, it’s clear she needs full-time care. Tig finally decides to place her mother in an assisted living facility. But will she ever be able to overcome the guilt?
Tig wonders what she’s done to cause the implosion of her universe. Everything she thought she had has dwindled right out of her life. Then, unexpectedly, the wife of the shamed client offers her a job as a radio therapist. Against her better judgment, she accepts the position, and begins her new career.
In the midst of the chaos, her carefree sister Wendy finally returns to town. But she’s keeping a secret, one that will rattle Tig to her core.
Tig now struggles just to get through every day, much less try to figure out where the rest of her life is heading. Will she be able to pull things together? And who will be there to help her?
This novel made me consider the changing roles between parent and child later in life. It also made me realize we should keep our plans flexible enough to change them, because what we think we want, and what we find makes us happy, are sometimes two different things.
I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around is a novel about finding yourself. About discovering who you really are and where you want to go, and having the strength to get there.