Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins
Pub. date: August 6, 2019 – Berkley Books
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Description: Emma London never thought she had anything in common with her grandmother Genevieve London. The regal old woman came from wealthy and bluest-blood New England stock, but that didn’t protect her from life’s cruelest blows: the disappearance of Genevieve’s young son, followed by the premature death of her husband. But Genevieve rose from those ashes of grief and built a fashion empire that was respected the world over, even when it meant neglecting her other son.
When Emma’s own mother died, her father abandoned her on his mother’s doorstep. Genevieve took Emma in and reluctantly raised her–until Emma got pregnant her senior year of high school. Genevieve kicked her out with nothing but the clothes on her back…but Emma took with her the most important London possession: the strength not just to survive but to thrive. And indeed, Emma has built a wonderful life for herself and her teenage daughter, Riley.
So what is Emma to do when Genevieve does the one thing Emma never expected of her and, after not speaking to her for nearly two decades, calls and asks for help? (publisher)
My take: A single mysterious event changes the lives of Genevieve, a wealthy East coast woman, and her son Clark. Genevieve was raised to believe that if she followed the rules her mother taught her she would have a perfect life – and she was living that life until a tragedy changed things. Years later she finds herself caring for one granddaughter and then another. As the years go by Genevieve added more armor and turned into a formidable person who was admired by many but feared by her granddaughter, Emma. When Emma doesn’t follow Genevieves rules she is turned away and left to deal with her predicament at her maternal grandfather’s Chicago area home. Fast forward several years and Emma receives a phone call from Genevieve saying she needs her to come to her Connecticut home and help her as she is quite ill. Emma will have to decide if blood is thicker than water and if she should head back East.
This is a novel that addresses messy family dynamics and how people deal when life throws a curve ball. Just could be, life could take a turn in a good way. I loved learning about Genevieve from the perspectives of Emma and her daughter Riley and I was charmed by several supporting characters. Kristan Higgins had me laughing at times and also reaching for a tissue. All in all, another good story from one of my favorite authors.
9 thoughts on “Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins”
I’ve got Higgins’ Good Luck with That in my TBR. Have you read that one?
Lloyd (408) 348-4849
Yes, I read Good Luck With That and loved it – mostly because of how relatable it was to anyone who has struggled with weight, body image, self-acceptance. I’ll be very interested in your take when you get a chance to read it!
Higgins is so familiar to me, I would have sworn I’ve read one of her books but when I look at what she’s written, I see that I haven’t. This one sounds really good to me.
I want to read this one, too!
This is on my list to read so I’m happy to read that you liked it so much!
I have enjoyed this author, and love the sound of this one. Thanks for sharing.
I’ve read this author before and liked her books. Family sagas always interest me so making a note of this one
Sounds so good, I’ll definitely be reading this in August as soon as the book reaches me. I love how she can wring out both the laughter and tears.
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