#47 – Drinking Closer to Home by Jessica Anya Blau

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“They say you can never go home again.  Adult siblings Anna, Portia, and Emery are about to discover just how true that is.”

Anna, Portia and Emery, adult siblings, meet at their parents home after their mother, Louise, suffers a massive heart attack.  Dad Buzzy called each one after Louise insisted he not.  Louise is actually thrilled to see her children, making one wonder why she did not want Buzzy to call them.  The three siblings are back at their childhood home to comfort their ill mother, and themselves.  Each reminisces about childhood days and early adulthoods.

Anna, Portia, and Emery are products of the seventies.  Anyone who grew up during that decade will immediately relate.  The on-going hospital saga of Louise is a story that highlights the family eccentricities in a way that is funny and at times sad.  They struggle with each other, and with their father, who feels miserable without his cranky, over bearing wife.  Each of the characters is well developed.  As the stories unfold, each character grows in his way, albeit with the use of booze, drugs, and denial.  At times hilarious and then heartbreaking.

The family is quirky enough to be yours or mine.  Each is unforgettable.  Jessica Anya Blau has written the family dynamics with such clarity and authority one might think she were a seasoned analyst.  Anna is the first-born child, whom the grandparents adore to the exclusion of the others.  Emory the youngest, who “gets away with” more than the older kids do.  Then there is Portia, the middle child, the one that can easily go unseen.  The family eccentricities are many generations deep and often the source of the most hilarious moments.

The writing is suburb, making it difficult to stop reading.  The 337 pages, plus an extra 16, took no time at all to eat up.  This is the page-turner; the can’t-put-down; the gotta-read-this, book of the year.  Read this book.  You will laugh, cry, and be happy you did.

Note: received from the author.

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3 thoughts on “#47 – Drinking Closer to Home by Jessica Anya Blau

    • It really is fantastic. It was one of the first books I read this year and I had to re-read it, it was that good. It is funny and touching. I think you will enjoy it. I’d like to know what you think after reading the book. You could put a review, long or short, or just tell me what you thought. I am really interested to know how you like the book. Please let me know.

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