A family sitcom in novel form. Life doesn’t slow down at 40. In fact it can take off, as Sally finds out.
Never mind domestic bliss, this is comic bliss for the Gen X crowd (i.e. me). As a society we’re made to believe that life gets rather more sedate as we get older. Well, for our protagonist Sally, this illusion is well and truly shattered – and in quite farcical manner. She is a semi-retired teacher whose children have flown the nest but haven’t let go of her apron strings. Her quiet existence is disrupted when her son, Dan, returns home. Indeed, his arrival brings with it a collection of friends and exes, turning her house and life upside down. Fun, light-hearted and full of witty observations, this is an excellent pick-me-up. What’s more, it’s published by the wonderful independent press Bluemoose who is always worth checking out.
Sally's son Dan has come back home from college after completing his performing arts degree. He needs rent-free accommodation, friends, a love life, and somewhere to perform his arts.
Sally herself is taking a career break from teaching English. She's tired of teaching year eleven pupils about the Mockingbird. She wants to kill the bird and stuff it with all the redundant apostrophe's' she's ever seen in twenty years of marking essays. She needs a rest. She does not need her adult son Dan, his current girlfriend, his previous girlfriend and his old school friend to move in and share her kitchen and their lives with her.
Sally could seek out her own friends to let off steam, but her friends prefer her to keep her steam to herself. They're busy, and too much steam makes it difficult for them to see their own problems clearly.
Sally's husband Bill is an ambitious politician. A tranquil, unexceptional home-life would work well for Bill and his career. In his line of work he needs unconventional domestic arrangements like he needs ladies underwear in his briefcase. However, when Bill looks to his wife for her proper support, Sally does something outrageous ...
|Publication date:||25th March 2021|
|Publisher:||Bluemoose Books Ltd|
|Primary Genre||Modern and Contemporary Fiction|
Closing date: 11/11/2021