Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough

By Ruth Pennebaker

From the back of the book:

Joanie’s ex-husband is having a baby with his new girlfriend. Joanie won’t be having any more babies, since she’s decided never to have sex again. But Joanie still has her teenage daughter to care for. And, thanks to the recession, her elderly mother, too. Joanie’s back in the workforce – at an Austin ad agency – trying to support them all. … Joanie, Caroline, and Ivy are stuck under the same roof, and it isn’t easy. But sometimes they surprise each other – and themselves. And sometimes it’s possible to undo the mistakes of the past, like deciding never to have sex again …

Just my opinion:

Wow! Another great summer read! I’m really amazed with the books that have hit the shelves this year. Lots of new authors with fresh ideas for stories and this book is no exception.

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough is a humorous look at three women who are at different stages in their lives – a mother, her daughter and her mother – who are living together. They each have different takes on life in general and those opinions tend to clash … and often! Funny, poignant and brutally honest. This is a must-read and would make an excellent choice for book groups.

Some favorite passages from the book:
  • The person who controls the silence controls the conversation.
  • Inappropriate! She loved that word. Every time you were brutally honest, you could excuse it by saying you’d been inappropriate.


Suko said...

I enjoyed your review and quotes--well done, LuAnn!

Anonymous said...

I saw this book reviewed somewhere else recently and thought it look like a great read - thanks for reminding me to add it to my TBR list!