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Our overworked tax accountant is flummoxed by an item that the client wants to use as a medical expense and she checks with one of the partners: "The rules on therapies vary from province to province. Family and marriage therapist are deductible in BC, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Ontario, but sezologists are allowable as a medical expense only in Quebec. What shall I tell the client? Tell him to move to Quebec."
This is her last year as a thirty something and she wants Mr. Right and some kids of her own, her Dachshund, just isn't enough. To this great angst, add in plumbing problems in her first house, 12+ hour days from Christmas through April 30 with no days off, one witch of a coworker taking maternity leave and a really nice one out while doing chemo, and some really painful relationship histories, and you this exceptional book. You'll want to smack people upside the head, cry at the sad parts, and laugh yourself silly the rest of the time!
All I can say is ENJOY !
I requested and received a free review copy courtesy of Reading Deals.
There were many points during the story when I intensely disliked the narrator, but there was always something that kept me glued to the story. Sometimes it was the humor. A lot of the humor was only mildly funny. I would catch just a little bit of a smile at the way the narrator described a person, place, or event. But there were a lot of places where I smiled when I thought "yup, I know somebody just like that, and isn't he a real pain in the neck" or even at an unusually perfect word that most authors would not have chosen. Other places, I guffawed, chortled, or snorted with laughter, something that I rarely do when reading silently and alone. But some of the narrator's insights were so funny, so appropriate, and so unexpected that I just laughed out loud.
I did not like the main character, who is also the narrator, very much for the first half of the book, but the writing was so well done that I kept reading. A lot of the back story gets filled out in bits and pieces through out the book, and the choices that the narrator makes gradually begin to make sense both to the reader and to the narrator. By the end of the story I liked the person that the narrator had become, and I also understood why she took so long to get there.
Perhaps this book should be described as a coming of age novel for forty year old women who walk to the beat of a different drum, however distant. Sometimes it takes a little bit longer to realize that other people don't hear the same drum that you hear so clearly that it is impossible to stop dancing and even more impossible to get in line with all those marching people. Who wants to just march when the air is filled with wild, wonderful dancing beats!
But if all you ever hear is a steady, four/four marching beat, you probably will not like the end. And if you hear the wild dancing drums, but never knew that anyone else did, you may start questioning other things that you have been told. And who knows where THAT might lead? You might run off to a tropical island to paint pictures, become the first female firefighter in your county, switch careers at 40, or finally accept how you really feel enough to stop binge eating and lose 80 pounds. Or something like that. You never quite know what a happy person might do.
-Grief #1: The sister is a brat and self-centered. Her parents/sister needed to bring the whole dinner assortment at her place so her husband wouldn't miss Christmas??? Her kids are brats too. Who lets a child choose lobster on a menu?
-Grief #2: Jane thinks she turned over every rock in Owen Sound. No! She went to the same bar, night after night, and to the same shelter every Friday night, with no luck whatsoever. What kind of man do you think you'll pick up at a bar? The ones you did pick up.
-Grief #3: Repetitive situations or sentences told every other way possible. "The insurance agent said I would not be covered" repeated verbatim at least twice. The paperwork's journey through the office is explained at least twice in great details with tidbits here and there.
-The book could have been half the size it is now and still made sense.
-I love the cameos from the past (music, people, events, etc.).
-To me the book was not boring; it's repetitive that's all, which could make it boring to some. I'm a retired Canadian Internal Auditor. I also did some accounting. I loved my work. I wanted to be one since I was twelve, going against the distressed sighs from my parents (not the accounting part, just the IA part).