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WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKTHROUGH
Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction
This generational drama is sure to strike a chord with its humorous portrayal of family dynamics. Sandwiched between a surly teenager and an opinionated, controlling mother, Joanie’s life is out of whack. Pennebaker’s writing is fast-paced and light in Joanie’s point of view, but when the point of view switches to that of her daughter or mother, the pace tends to get bogged down.
When her ex-husband announces that his new girlfriend is having a baby, Joanie’s already drama-filled life becomes a whole lot crazier. She is already dealing with her daughter’s teenage angst and her elderly mother moving in with her due to the recession. As much as they drive each other batty, they are also learning that they all mean well and truly care for one another. (BERKLEY, Jan., 320 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed By: Roseann Marlett
Published: January 2011