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Maeve Beaufort's family is messy and complicated, rife with competing demands, difficult compromises, and on-the-spot judgment calls. She is the single mother of Noelle, who has anaphylactic reactions to nuts, and Norm, a nonconformist child whom everyone wants to diagnose. Her father is spending his retirement on high-ticket items he doesn't need, her children's teachers ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published September 1st 2019 by University of New Mexico Press
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Maura Madden
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Katherine Trueblood’s “Take Daily as Needed” is a story about feminism, aging, marriage and divorce, parenting, and chronic illness. Ultimately it is a story about relationships and how they both sustain us and wear us down. This novel is written as consecutive short stories that build upon one another. The stories are all narrated in the first person by Maeve, the protagonist, and present as a memoir.

Maeve is a middle aged woman with Crohn’s disease, though in the opening story there is no
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Sara Stamey
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent novel of modern American life from Kathryn Trueblood! With her patented ability to drill deep into the inner lives of her characters, she ushers us into the crisis-a-minute life of Maeve, who despite her own chronic health issues and stressful job manages to juggle caring for her troubled children and parents. Countering grim diagnoses and pharmaceutical side effects, Maeve employs grit and humor to carry on. As we cheer on Maeve, we’re cheering on all the heroic women who ...more
Darla Nagel
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Never have I read a book that truly captures a feeling I've often had: guilt for the effects of one's chronic illness on one's family. Trueblood's novel is written as a set of chronological short stories centering on one somewhat dysfunctional family. It's an atypical novel focused on atypical experiences. Even so, because there is so little well-written fiction concerning a family with various disabilities, it helps fill that void and is therefore valuable.
Jenny
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75. I thought that most of the characters in this book were well developed and interesting. I liked the concept of the novel in stories linked by the concept of medication. However, the character of the ex-husband got the short shrift and wasn't given room to be fleshed out as a character in my opinion. I felt like I hadn't read a novel with an adult female narrator in her 30s-50s in a while, especially one dealing with a chronic illness. Very original.
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Kathryn Trueblood has been awarded the Goldenberg Prize for Fiction and the Red Hen Press Short Story Award. Her work is situated firmly in the medical humanities. Her most recent book, _Take Daily As Needed_, treats parenting while chronically ill with the desperado humor the subject deserves (University of New Mexico Press, 2019). Her previous novel, _The Baby Lottery_, dealt with the ...more