Staff of the Pella Public Library tell you about books they have read or want to read. Opinions expressed here are those of the individual and do not represent the Pella Public Library or the City of Pella.
Thursday, November 3, 2016
How To Be A Grown-Up by Emma McLaughlin and Nicole Krauss
It took me a long time to read this
book. Probably because I had trouble connecting with the main character, whose
life is vastly different than my own. But, I kept returning to read some more
because I wanted to know what was going to happen to her. Rory McGovern is a
mother of two young children, living in the city, with an actor husband who is
in the process of divorcing her. As the title implies, she finds she must do
something to keep her life going. She has to be a grown-up. She takes a
full-time job working for 20-somethings. It is demanding and disorienting, and
those young professionals don’t always know what they are doing. Her kids are
challenging, and her husband is exasperating. He wants her to pay alimony, then
he makes it big, only to crash just as suddenly, and locks her our of her/their
apartment. On top of all this, the business she works for is about to fold.
Again, she decides to be a grown-up. I had to keep reading to see how she
turned out. I’ll leave it as a cliffhanger.