Deep Down True
For newly divorced Dana Stellgarten, money is tight and her kids are reeling from their dad's departure. As she enters a postdivorce romance and is befriended by the town queen bee, Dana must tackle adulthood in all its flawed complexity.
It is obvious that the author is a mother because her portrayal of the children in her books are true to nature. She displays both the jo...more
I didn't particularly enjoy this book. Most o...more
It was about a divorced mom (Dana) of 2 kids who's husband left her for a younger woman a year before. It doesn't focus on that, but it is present and active in the book. She is mainly dealing with her children and how they are coping with this drastic change. Her preteen daughter is purging along with having friend drama and her second grade son is closing up and angry. Her...more
Dana struggles thr...more
The book starts with the classic theme of a woman whose husband leaves her for a younger woman. She is trying to support her children through this difficult time period when her husband presents the next dilemma. Business is slow and he needs help in supporting the family. Dana is forced to find a job. Her world is full of firsts - entering the dating world, working at her job, balancing a household with a lack of funds, and dealing with her husband's young girlfriend. These changes are unnervin...more
Deep Down True is about the truest part of you. The part you might hide or at least not acknowledge at times. The main character, Dana tore at my heart. The struggles that her family goes through is one that so many people go through - divorce. In some ways it is harder because you have to figure out how to parent sepa...more
Source: Public Library
The book started out slowly for me and I wasn't too sure that I was going to keep reading it. It could have been my mood at the time but for whatever reason I had a hard time connecting to the story. About 60 pages in though, something changed and I was a bit more invest into the main protagonist's story.
Dana Stellgarten is newly divorced and has found herself dealing with issues that she never thought she would have to deal with- a bulimic daughter, a moody son, a Goth teenage niece who has come to l...more
Dana is a newly-divorced mom of two: twelve-year-old Morgan and seven-year-old Grady. Now that her husband has left her for a 'newer model' (she rightly calls it a 'cliche'), Dana's trying to keep her post-divorce life as similar to her pre-divorce life. But, as anyone who's experienced it...more
Was glad to see the issue of kids acting out addressed. This was all realistic. The re-entry into the dating world though was perhaps a bit...more
I'm not even sure where I got this book, but I'm so glad it found it's way to me! It is ana amazing book, so real and true. Often I would not like something like this, but it came at the right time and was the right tone and right lesson to learn.
The characters are so real that they make you cry or your stomach hurt along with the matter at hand.
I'm passing this on to a friend, and I recommend the book to everyone.
Once you pick it up and get started, you will not want to put it down until you ar...more
Her latest, THE SHORTEST WAY HOME, was chosen for Library Journal's Best of 2012: Women's Fiction.
Juliette received a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and...more