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Life and other inconveniences, Kristan Higgins

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Life and other inconveniences
Title
Life and other inconveniences
Statement of responsibility
Kristan Higgins
Title variation
Life & other inconveniences
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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?
Storyline
Tone
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Award
LibraryReads Favorites, 2019.
Review
  • 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. -- Erin Holt (Reviewed 7/1/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 21, p21)
  • Explores the complex relationships between caregivers and their children, as four generations of one family reflect on their past, and the failing health of the family matriarch looms large. For readers who like fully developed characters with real-world problems, and fans of Jennifer Weiner and Susan Elizabeth Phillips. -- Amanda Kowalcze, Green Hills Public Library District, Palos Hills, IL. (LibraryReads, August 2019)
  • /* Starred Review */ 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.) --Staff (Reviewed 06/24/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 25, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ 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 (Reviewed 07/01/2019) (Library Journal, vol 144, issue 6, p62)
  • /* Starred Review */ As her teenage daughter endures bullying from her former best friends, Emma gets a call from her rich grandmother—who threw her out when she became pregnant and hasn't spoken to her since—asking them to spend time with her before she dies. Despite a complicated and painful childhood, Emma London has clawed her way to a successful, happy life, living with her maternal grandfather in Chicago and raising her perfect, beautiful daughter, Riley. Things take an unexpected turn at the end of Riley's junior year of high school, when her lifelong best friends turn on her, and Emma's estranged paternal grandmother, Genevieve London—who owns a high-end fashion and lifestyle brand and is considered "a style icon and an industry leader"—asks her to bring Riley and spend the summer with her in Connecticut since she's dying of cancer. After her mother died when she was 8, Emma lived with Genevieve for 10 years, until right after she graduated from high school and discovered she was pregnant. Genevieve hasn't spoken to her since. At first Emma is determined not to head east, but once Riley's former friends become abusive, she packs up and gets away with her daughter. The summer is full of shocking secrets, surprising twists, and unexpected grace. Despite their differences, Genevieve and Emma love each other fiercely, and once Emma understands what Genevieve is truly up against, she turns woman warrior on her behalf while also creating a new life for herself and Riley in the place she'd never expected to come back to. Higgins explores another set of deeply affecting topics using engaging characters and a full spectrum of realistic emotions: humor, anger, anguish, and pride, among others, but above all, hope. Funny, heart-wrenching, insightful, and lovely. (Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2019)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10799315
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DLC
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Higgins, Kristan
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3608.I3657
LC item number
L54 2019
Literary form
fiction
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Grandparents
  • Families
  • Single mothers
  • Reconciliation
Target audience
adult
Label
Life and other inconveniences, Kristan Higgins
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"Readers guide included"--Page 4 of cover
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 428 pages
Isbn
9780451489425
Lccn
2018028835
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • on1042080572
  • (OCoLC)1042080572
Label
Life and other inconveniences, Kristan Higgins
Publication
Note
"Readers guide included"--Page 4 of cover
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 428 pages
Isbn
9780451489425
Lccn
2018028835
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • on1042080572
  • (OCoLC)1042080572

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