I’ve got a great book to spotlight and do a giveaway for today and I can’t wait to read it myself. I love the title: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough by Ruth Pennebaker. Here’s what Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough is about…
Three generations, one house; zero sanity?
What happens when Mom, daughter, and Grandma are financially forced to share a roof?
AUSTIN, Texas – If there’s one lesson the Great Recession taught us, it’s how to host (and sometimes, be) unexpected roommates.
The number of multifamily households in the US is now at its highest since 1968, a demographic shift felt in each cramped bedroom and every crashed-on couch. It’s also the new American reality that gave rise to Ruth Pennebaker’s big-hearted, witty novel: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough (January 2011, Berkeley Trade Paperback Original / Penguin).
Pitting three women – mother, daughter, and grandmother – together under one roof, Pennebaker allows what she calls “a kind of horror story” to unfold:
Joanie is a recovering divorcee, has shakily re-entered the Austin, Texas, workplace, and has sworn off sex forever.
Ivy is her 78-year-old Christian mother, who has recently taken up shoplifting.
Caroline is Joanie’s sulky teenager, whose pot brownies get distributed a little more widely than she expected.
And to top things off, Richard, Joanie’s ex-husband, has just announced that his much younger girlfriend is pregnant.
Proving that mother-daughter relationships are more complex than any romance, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough is a tough love story about individual isolation – the kind that happens with people you love, people with whom you share living quarters. In the end, it’s also a story is also about reaching a better understanding of one another, and learning to love a little better.
About the Author
RUTH PENNEBAKER is the acclaimed author of three young adult novels and one collection of essays. Her writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News, Parents, Redbook, McCall’s, Cooking Light and other nationwide publications. She is currently a columnist for the Texas Observer, a commentator for KUT-FM,and host of the award-winning blog, The Fabulous GeezerSisters. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and emotionally unstable cat, Lefty. For more information, please visit www.ruthpennebaker.com.
I have one copy of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough by Ruth Pennebaker available for giveaway. To enter…
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- For 2 entries follow my blog. If you already do, let me know in your comment. The extra entry is yours as well.
- For 3 entries, blog or tweet this giveaway to spread the word.
This giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents only (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winner on Saturday, March 5, 2011. Good luck everyone!
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