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If there’s one lesson the Great Recession taught us, it’s how to host (and sometimes, be) unexpected roommates. The number of multifamily households in the US is now at its highest since 1968, a demographic shift felt in each cramped bedroom and every crashed-on couch. It’s also the new American reality that gave rise to Ruth Pennebaker’s witty novel: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough (January 2011, Berkeley Trade Paperback Original / Penguin). Pitting three women with colorful personalities – mother, daughter, and grandmother – together under one roof, Pennebaker allows what she calls “a kind of horror story” to unfold. Proving that mother-daughter relationships are more complex than any romance, this is a tough love story about reaching a better understanding of one another, and learning to love a little better. Discussion points:   When Mom, Daughter, and Grandma are financially forced to share a roof: Survival tips. Why Mother-Daughter relationships are the most complicated relationships on Earth.Is Mom (Yours) moving in? How to make her feel at home.

 

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