By Katherine Tanney
Meet Meredith Herman, a fourteen-year-old specialist witness to the sluggish unraveling of her parents' marriage amid the lunacy of la, 1978, an international of bell-bottoms, grapefruit diets, and cosmetic surgery. Meredith is a woman of a particular time and position tackling the common demanding situations of boys, tuition, and oldsters. Her mom, Leigh, is a housewife discomfort an excruciating and sometimes hilarious midlife discontent, a malaise that leaves Meredith's father, Robert, certainly baffled. As Leigh makes an attempt to reinvent herself as a liberated girl - whole with assertiveness-training periods and a dalliance with an unique artist - Robert runs for protection right into a hasty moment marriage. via all of it, Meredith and Leigh fight in a combative mother-daughter courting as splendidly actual as any in modern fiction.
Tanney's debut glints with pitch-perfect discussion and an astonishingly exact experience of position. This novel will take readers on ajourney of abdominal laughs and heartbreak. The Herman family's tale will allure and captivate you lengthy after you've became the final page.
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Carousel of Progress by Katherine Tanney