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The Queen Gene

(Lucy Klein #2)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  1,030 ratings  ·  125 reviews
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In a follow-up to Tales From the Crib, Jennifer Coburn brings readers into the wacky world of Lucy Klein and her hilariously dysfunctional family. After selling her home in the suburbs, Lucy decides to pursue her lifelong dream of starting an arts community in the Berkshire Mountains. She envisions a creative oasis where struggling painters, sculptors and musi
Kindle Edition, 2nd edition, 308 pages
Published July 21st 2012 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc. (first published February 1st 2007)
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Sarah "Pippy"
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
1 star = I did not like it. 2 stars = It was OK, 3 stars = I liked it. 4 stars = I really liked it. 5 stars = It was amazing.

This was recommended to me as a hilarious read. I also checked out the reviews and the majority also seemed to think this was hilarious. Clearly I have a different definition of hilarious. Ok so there was a moment of where a small snort escaped my lips, this was the pubic regrowth moment but other than that nothing.

I didn't warm to any of the characters I found them to be
Sep 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor
While it does have some humorous characters and situations, the book generally reads more like a collection of newspaper columns than a cohesive novel or memoir
Theresa Alan
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is consistently funny and fun throughout. It deals with common themes of having a crazy mother, and the challenges of motherhood and marriage in an original and amusing way. I loved that Lucy’s mother Anjoli always began every phone conversation talking about herself and Lucy would interject something to the effect of, “I’m doing well, thank you for asking,” which her self-absorbed mother would ignore. Those were the phone calls that Lucy’s mother made. Lucy’s mother’s dog, a psychiatricall ...more
Wanda Hartzenberg
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
This book is a riot! I laughed so hard at the overdone superficial satire that I was afraid of what the rest of the household would think.
The overdone superficiality was colored in with some real plot although the plot itself was used as a prop for some seriously side splitting conversations.

The dog. Paz or spot or something or the other may very well be the main protagonist although in this family where even the "normal" members is extremely weird it was hard to tell. The thing is, you need n
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a laugh out loud chick lit book. Seriously, I was reading at lunch at work and almost spewed soda out my nose. There's a bit of vulgarity but it isn't gratuitous and it adds to the hilarity. ...more
Jan 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A reasonably entertaining light read, and I won't remember it at all. ...more
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was ok

Just not for me. Reads like a memoir and at times is so ridiculous that you can't believe someone actually made all this up and wrote it down much less published it.
Alice M Witek
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
Funny n funnier

I loved this book, will read again. I don't usually visualize what I'm reading but did this one. Truly hilarious. Could be a movie.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cover/Title: This cover is cute but the version with the dog on the cover is so adorable!!! I have never read anything by this author before (including book 1) but the synopsis made me want to give it a try.

Characters: I absolutely loved this wacky family. You've got the crazy mother, the crazy aunt, the crazy cousin and a couple crazy ghosts as well.

Plot: Lucy and her husband opened an Artist's retreat. Basically, they invite artists to come live there for a season to work on their art. At th
Danna Hall
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Here I am, back to a 3 with this author. I loved “tales from the crib” So Much! This one was just such a disappointment. It never had any cohesion. There were parts that were funny, but not enough believability to pull that rating up. They just kept talking and talking about nothing. It was of the author would have a thought and say”Huh, I think I’ll write that down, it doesn’t mean anything in context to this book I’m writing, but what the hell” I kept wanting her to stop rehashing the same thi ...more
Patti Fischetti
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Too weird!

I thought this could have been a laugh out loud book but the weird characters got in the way. From the mother and her dog to the daughter and her husband. Even her other relatives, living and dead; to her friends and the artist that populate this story. The only one I found funny was her aunt who lived in Florida. At first she was very funny and I couldn't stop laughing but then some time during the story she got weird too. In the end though everything and everybody got together for an
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
I couldn't quite decide if I liked this book or not, hence the 3 star rating. It is about a couple who move to The Berkshires to set up an art community. It goes horribly wrong from the beginiing as the house is haunted but they don't know that. All the artist's are unable to produce any work.

Meanwhile Lucy's high maintenance mother and her Chihuahua cause havoc wherever they go. The book is funny in places and I liked the parts about the dog but overall it isn't the laugh out loud book I was e
Mary Stockwell
Nov 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Silly and ridiculous

Honesty, I could not get even half way through this book. The repetitiveness of a dog that keeps calling the daughter who hears the mother's conversations got ridiculous. Mom couldn't figure out the phone after all that time? Taking the dog to human doctors? Not my cup of tea.

Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, I don't have time to read but stayed up until after 2 a.m. a couple of nights just to read a few more chapters. I enjoyed this book so much I will have to get some more books by this author. ...more
Julia Stephanie
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
As terrible as this may sound, especially because overall I did enjoy the story and look forward to more, I feel like a much better human being after reading this lol
Tammy Brown
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Super funny!
Cathy Board
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Laughed till I cried!

This awesome book kept me so entertained that I stayed up far too late in order to finish it! It's witty, crazy, and so well written! I love this new author I've found!
Samantha March
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of The Queen Gene in exchange for an honest review.
After selling her home in the suburbs, Lucy Klein decides to pursue her lifelong dream of starting an arts community in the Berkshire Mountains. She envisions a creative oasis where struggling painters, sculptors and musicians visit from around the world. But the dream soon becomes a nightmare when the artists arrive and not a single one can create anything -- except trouble, that is.

To make matters worse, Lucy's ultra
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic Story!!

I laughed from start to finish. LOVE the characters and the idea of an artist colony.

Need a uplifting story? Ms. Coburn has you covered.
Elizabeth Ray
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 out of 5 stars! This sequel to Tales From the Crib was hilarious! Lucy and her husband, Jack, are fulfilling their dream of an artist colony. They have three guest houses in the back of their home for visiting artists. There is Chantrell, who plays the cello to encourage plants to grow. Maxime is a "pinprick" artist who moves in with his wife, Jacuqe. Randy is a very attractive glass blowing artist. Soon after the guests move in, their personalities seem to change and the place becomes a black ...more
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: __ebook
I can see why several people didn't like the book. It doesn't have a plot, yes, it's true. A couple of insane characters are thrown together and that makes the wheel turn, that's all.
But I didn't mind. The book is fun, I enjoyed the new age mum with her self-centered attitude, though I felt sorry for the little dog. All characters were well drawn (or almost all), and for me, that really moves the book along. JC has imagination!!! The book was full of surprises, in a good way, and I was glad to f
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A witty and creative romp that will have you laughing out loud

A delightful story about a kooky New York family escaped from the suburbs, to open an arts colony in the Berkshires where everthing goes wrong. it's a story replete with dysfunctional artist tenants, cranky ghosts, pretentious neighbors who thrive on one-up-man-ship style parties, and even more dysfunctional relatives.

The story's witty and well written, the author weaves divergent shorelines well. Memorable characters include protagon
Oct 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chicklit fans, people who enjoy realistic portraits of adult relationships
Recommended to Annie by: Danica Nuccitelli
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Sep 27, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
I love this book. It was hilarious and witty. I loved the honesty of the characters, and how nothing was forced.
The basic story is Lucy and her husband (and young son) create an artist colony. Thats the background, but the true story is in the relationship of Lucy and her "famous" mother Anjoli, whom Lucy loves, but is aggravated by most of the time. I loved the aunt story line too...the 84 year old woman who discovers the benefit of lasering the hair from her nether regions. The pubic hair upd
Oct 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is funny mainly because of the hilarious characters. Lucy has a bizarre set of relatives including her self-involved mother who owns a neurotic chihuahua, her wacky aunt who becomes obsessed with feminine hygiene and her cousin who married herself only to have the marriage annulled.

Lucy and her husband Jack have moved to the Berkshires in order to start an artist's colony. But soon all the women who enter the area are afflicted with mysterious leg injuries and the house seems to be rep
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was free and had good reviews so I thought I'd give it a try. The main character while likable was pretty annoying after a while. She came across as a complete pushover and most of the book was spent lamenting how she and her husband came close to divorce the day she planned to tell him she was pregnant (*gasp!*), the ridiculous antics of her fabulous new-age elderly mother, and her chubbiness. I wasn't able to draw a picture of how any of the characters looked through the author's writing ...more
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the sequel to Tales from the Crib and you really need to read that one first to truly appreciate this one. I like that the author doesn't go into a lot of depth for things that happened in the first one. It drives me nuts when authors do that.

This is a lot lighter than Tales from the Crib. There's still some introspection and growth, but not as much. It had a lot more funny moments though which I definitely appreciated. I would have liked to learn more about some of the characters and ot
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a somewhat odd comic novel about Lucy, her New Age mother, Anjoli, & her husband Jack. Lucy & Jack are starting an artists' colony, but things go wrong as soon as the first artists arrive. All the women eventually injure their ankles, mysterious repairs are made to the house, and the artists undergo perplexing personality changes & can't produce any new work. Lucy comes to the conclusion that the house is haunted and arranges for a "space clearing", in which she learns the house actually ...more
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, read-in-2012
After reading Tales from the Crib I was excited to find that there was a sequel and started reading it immediately. I was honestly pretty bummed with this sequel, while I liked having familiar characters return, it almost got to be like the author was trying too hard? I don't know how to describe it but... eh. It was a fun read and I would still suggest it to anyone who read the first but it's just not quite as good. ...more
Marji Morris
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good light summer reading.The book takes place in a soon-to-be artist colony. The main character and her husband are reconstructing their marriage and trying to build a new life together. Now add a wacky mom, a neurotic chihuahua, an aunt with a fixation on laser hair removal, and the Junior League. I enjoyed the tone, the off-beat characters, and the realistic family issues that underlay the humor.
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Jennifer Coburn is the author of CRADLES OF THE REICH, a historical novel about three very different German women who meet at a Nazi Lebensborn breeding home.

She is the author of a travel memoir, six contemporary novel, and contributor to five literary anthologies. Jennifer has written for U-T San Diego, Washington Post, Miami Herald, Mothering magazine, The Huffington Post,, and numerou

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