THINGS YOU’VE INHERITED FROM YOUR MOTHER: A Novel ~Hollie Adams
“In her startlingly funny first novel, Hollie Adams takes the conventional wisdom about ‘likeable’ literary heroines and shoves it down an elevator shaft.” (cover)
THINGS YOU’VE INHERITED FROM YOUR MOTHER begins and ends with “Tuesday your mother died. Ovarian Cancer.” It is a very short book with a book within it or several self –help books within it’s covers, the longest being about the containment and removal of mice within your home; beneficial and humorous in length and depth of writing and success.
Carrie is very confused after the death of her mother and about her life at the current moment. She is the mother of a 16 year old, Kate, who was born when Carrie was 16. She is making sure everyone is aware she is “over” her husband, and it is a good thing because his current girl friend is pregnant with his baby and they are getting married. They want stepdaughter Kate to be part of the family too. Carrie then proposes to Ben the new boyfriend and decides to have the wedding at Disney World. Carrie also chooses to contest the dress code at the office and gets fired. Izzy, Carrie’s rational, organized sister becomes the official truth teller of all the events and stories going around, and no one is actually sure what is real and what is fantasized or created out of Carrie’s mind.
THINGS YOU’VE INHERITED FROM YOUR MOTHER has some very interesting sit-com kind of humor and some good snarky word play. Things are not going smoothly for Carrie’s transition to being an orphan and then she mixes more alcohol into the not smoothly running transition. Carrie’s grip on self and reality is not fully realized and it is not a Calgary version of the Gilmore Girls. There is hope for Carrie as she reaches the end of her mourning story and the self-help book prints out the first line.
The only thing the reader is sure of is that Poncho her Mother’s cat is clearly Carrie’s inheritance and he eats peanut butter not mice!
A very different story and will it will chuckle you to the possibility of a redemption – or maybe just a recovery.
TLC Book Tours asked me to read, review and post my review of this book. Sometimes one just needs to trust and THINGS YOU”VE INHERITED FROM YOUR MOTHER, I trusted to be good and humorous and I was not disappointed.
About Hollie Adams:
“Hollie Adams is a Windsorite living in Alberta, where she teaches writing and literature. She has studied creative writing at the University of Windsor and has a PhD in English from the University of Calgary. Her writing has been published in several Canadian periodicals including Prairie Fire, The Antigonish Review, Carousel, The Windsor Review, and Filling Station, and online at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Things You’ve Inherited From Your Mother is her first novel.”