By Katherine Tanney
Meet Meredith Herman, a fourteen-year-old specialist witness to the gradual unraveling of her parents' marriage amid the lunacy of l. a., 1978, an international of bell-bottoms, grapefruit diets, and cosmetic surgery. Meredith is a lady of a selected time and position tackling the common demanding situations of boys, university, and fogeys. Her mom, Leigh, is a housewife anguish an excruciating and infrequently hilarious midlife discontent, a malaise that leaves Meredith's father, Robert, really baffled. As Leigh makes an attempt to reinvent herself as a liberated woman - entire with assertiveness-training periods and a dalliance with an unique artist - Robert runs for defense right into a hasty moment marriage. via all of it, Meredith and Leigh fight in a combative mother-daughter dating as splendidly genuine as any in modern fiction.
Tanney's debut glints with pitch-perfect discussion and an astonishingly actual experience of position. This novel will take readers on ajourney of stomach laughs and heartbreak. The Herman family's tale will appeal and captivate you lengthy after you've grew to become the final page.
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