Life and other inconveniences

Kristan Higgins

Book - 2019

From the New York Times Emma London never thought she had anything in common with her grandmother Genevieve London. The regal old woman came from wealthy and bluest-blood New England stock, but that didn't protect her from life's cruelest blows: the disappearance of Genevieve's young son, followed by the premature death of her husband. But Genevieve rose from those ashes of grief and built a fashion empire that was respected the world over, even when it meant neglecting her other ...son. When Emma's own mother died, her father abandoned her on his mother's doorstep. Genevieve took Emma in and reluctantly raised her--until Emma got pregnant her senior year of high school. Genevieve kicked her out with nothing but the clothes on her back...but Emma took with her the most important London possession: the strength not just to survive but to thrive. And indeed, Emma has built a wonderful life for herself and her teenage daughter, Riley. So what is Emma to do when Genevieve does the one thing Emma never expected of her and, after not speaking to her for nearly two decades, calls and asks for help?

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Published
New York : Berkley 2019.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
"Readers guide included"--Page 4 of cover.
Physical Description
viii, 428 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9780451489425
045148942X
Main Author
Kristan Higgins (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Thirty-five-year-old Emma London has had a hard life. When her mother committed suicide when Emma was 8 years old, her father left her at her grandmother Genevieve's doorstep, and she stayed with that woman for ten years. When Emma got pregnant at 18, however, Genevieve kicked her out. She moved in with Paul, her grandfather on her mother's side, and raised her daughter, Riley. Estranged from Genevieve since the day she left, Emma is surprised to get a call from her, requesting that she and Riley come back to help her. Higgins (Good Luck with That, 2018) is back with a beautiful story that eloquently captures the raw emotions of abandonment and grief. The narration alternates between the main characters, and Higgins makes each voice distinct, using language that clearly illustrates each character's age and intellect. There are some intense scenes that will break readers' hearts. This work is a perfect example of the ways a multi-generational family copes with loss on a variety of levels. Excellent for those who enjoyed Bev Thomas' A Good Enough Mother. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

After Emma London's mother died by suicide when Emma was a child, her worthless father left her with his high society mother, Genevieve. When Emma got pregnant at 17, Genevieve banished her and broke off contact. Eighteen years later, Emma and her teenage daughter, Riley, are contacted by Genevieve, who's dying of a brain tumor and wants to meet Riley before she goes. Emma reluctantly accepts and brings her daughter to Genevieve's Connecticut estate for the summer. Riley and Genevieve become close, but Emma keeps her guard up. Each chapter is written from the perspective of different characters, helping readers learn what made these damaged people the way they are. The colorful supporting characters include Genevieve's housekeeper and only friend, Riley's father and his new family, attractive single dad Miller, and a pack of unruly dogs. VERDICT Slowly revealing secrets from the past and adding a mysterious disappearance and people who need love but can't express it properly, Higgins (Good Luck with That) hits it out of the park with her trademark depth, emotion, and dash of humor. Her fans will love this book, which will attract a wide new readership of family fiction. [See the Q&A with Higgins on p. 65.]—Brooke Bolton, Boonville-Warrick Cty. P.L., IN Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Higgins's deeply moving contemporary story of three generations of strong-willed women doesn't allow anyone to be a simple hero or villain. Emma London's estranged paternal grandmother, wealthy entrepreneur Genevieve London, has terminal cancer and wants Emma to return home to Stoningham, Conn., and reconcile with her. Genevieve raised Emma after her mother committed suicide and her father left. When Emma got pregnant at 18, Genevieve kicked her out of her house, and Emma went to live with her maternal grandfather, Paul, who helped her raise her daughter, Riley. Emma is shaken by hearing from Genevieve, who hasn't said a word to her in the 16 years since Riley was born; she consults with well-adjusted Riley, who decides they should at least visit Stoningham for the summer. Emma, Riley, and Paul quickly learn that Genevieve is as bitter and aristocratic as ever, but Genevieve and Riley form an instant bond, and Genevieve respects Riley's intelligent, confident nature. Meanwhile, Emma falls for Genevieve's neighbor, Miller Finlay, a widower with a challenging three-year-old. Readers will be riveted as the well-drawn characters uncover one another's hidden depths and heal old wounds. This rich and memorable story will instantly win readers over. Agent: Maria Carvainis, Maria Carvainis Agency. (Aug.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When the blue-blood grandmother who abandoned her long ago calls and asks for help, Emma London, the black sheep of the family who has built a wonderful life for herself and her teenage daughter, must make a difficult decision. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When she became pregnant in high school and her grandmother kicked her out, Emma worked to build a happy life for herself and her daughter, and now after nearly two decades with no contact, her grandmother suddenly calls her with a request.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

“A heart-wrenching page-turner told with warmth and humor.”—People Magazine (Pick of the Week)    “A rich testament to the power of second chances.”—Women’s WorldA Publishers Weekly and USA Today Bestseller!From the New York Times bestselling author of Good Luck with That comes a new novel about a blue-blood grandmother and her black-sheep granddaughter who discover they are truly two sides of the same coin.Emma London never thought she had anything in common with her grandmother Genevieve London. The regal old woman came from wealthy and bluest-blood New England stock, but that didn't protect her from life's cruelest blows: the disappearance of Genevieve's young son, followed by the premature death of her husband. But Genevieve rose from those ashes of grief and built a fashion empire that was respected the world over, even when it meant neglecting her other son.When Emma's own mother died, her father abandoned her on his mother's doorstep. Genevieve took Emma in and reluctantly raised her--until Emma got pregnant her senior year of high school. Genevieve kicked her out with nothing but the clothes on her back...but Emma took with her the most important London possession: the strength not just to survive but to thrive. And indeed, Emma has built a wonderful life for herself and her teenage daughter, Riley. So what is Emma to do when Genevieve does the one thing Emma never expected of her and, after not speaking to her for nearly two decades, calls and asks for help?