by Kathryn Elliott
Libby O’Rourke has a short fuse. Her mother, Mae, carries a big match. Engulfed in the never-ending life-juggling of suburbia, Libby fails to notice Mae’s emerging dementia symptoms until a kitchen fire puts the problem on the front burner.
Proficient in the art of denial, Mae brushes the shattering diagnosis aside and sets her sights on a matchmaking crusade for her eldest son. After all, if her lucid days are numbered, Mae’s going to make damned sure he makes it down the aisle while she still recognizes the groom.
It’s going to take a razor wit and an iron stomach to handle Mae’s diagnosis. Thankfully, just like her mother Libby has both.
Libby felt the weight of the coming conversation bear down on her shoulders like a lead blanket and struggled to find the right words.
“It’s all right, Libby,” Mae said, interrupting her thoughts. “Say what you need to. We’re here for a reason. We both know it.”
Shocked by her mother’s perception, Libby stared at Mae.
The older woman’s eyes were moist but holding back. She continued. “Spit it out, honey. I won’t have a public tantrum. It’s obvious you have something important to talk to me about, and I think you’ve delayed long enough.”
Libby’s shoulders slumped. “How’d you know?”
“Well, let’s examine the facts…” Mae grinned despite the gravity of the moment. “You took me to church, plied me with brunch, and now you’re standing there biting your bottom lip raw. Daddy used to call that your tell. We always knew something was wrong if your bottom lip looked like it had a run-in with a cheese grater.”
“Huh?” Libby ran her tongue over her bottom lip. “I never noticed.”
“In your teens, we were pretty sure you were going to bite clean through it,” Mae joked. “At least your nervous habit isn’t offensive; whenever Kevin lies, he grabs his testicles. Since the day he was born that boy treated his penis like an accessory. It’s terribly inappropriate, especially at parties.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Kathryn Elliott is a lifetime journalist with awards in political satire, human interest, and commentary. A Connecticut native, she is a happily married mother of two sons with high hopes one of them will pay for a delightful rest home.
A true believer in laughter’s healing power, Kathryn writes characters whose flaws resonate with readers long after “The End.”
ADDING LIB is her debut novel, and the first in The McGinn Series.
BLOG LINK: http://candidkathryn.com/
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I really enjoyed Adding Lib. The characters are all a bit quirky but so like a family you may know. They are a middle-class family juggling their life and helping their parents. When Mae, Libby’s mom shows early signs of dementia and causes a fire that destroys the her kitchen ~ the family must do some planning to make sure she is safe. Lots of laughter and tears in the book – one I am sure you will like as much as I did.
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