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House and Home by Kathleen McCleary
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May 07, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: work-review-related-reading, chick-lit
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McCleary is a genius at realistically showing how, when things are falling apart all around us, we find a way to focus on one thing to help us handle the load. For Ellen Flanagan, it's her house. Which she's had to sell because she and her husband are mortgaged to the eyeballs after another one of her husband's inventions fails to be the "must have" thing of the year. It's the last straw for Ellen, who is now also divorcing her husband because she just can't stand the lifestyle anymore--they've moved too many times to try too many ideas of her husband's that have failed too outstandingly. Ellen has roots here--her kids have been born here, she's built up a business of her own, and she's fixed up their house to be a her own dream come true. But selling that dream has sent Ellen floundering
so much that she hatches a scheme--if she can't have her house, no one can, especially the Uber Soccer Mom and Social Climber who has bought it and is in her face daily to get "measurements" for the contractors that will be there soon to gut Ellen's dream. Ellen decides to burn the place down. I won't tell you more, except that things don't exactly go as planned, to say the least.
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