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    Unrelentingly sad and depressing.

    This book "Life and Other Inconveniences" was unrelentingly sad with very little of the redeaming humor that Kristan Higgins other books are known for. Each of the main characters had at least 1 or more unbelievably traumatic life altering events happen to them. The lead male romantic interest had his lovely wife die of a rare disorder giving birth to a long awaited child. This child is now an evil 3 year old in need of emotional help, before she grows up to be a serial killer. The lead female character (Emma) found the body of her dead mother, was abandoned by her father and raised by a critical and emotionally lacking grandmother. This fraternal grandmother also abandoned (tossed out) Emma when she became pregnant at 18. Emma's maternal grandmother died of a slow rare neurological illness, her institutionalized half sister has another rare illness and her fraternal grandmother is now dieing of another rare illness. Also, the fraternal grandmother's emotional withdrawal was caused by the disappearance of one of her young sons and sadly explained at the end of the book. I would not recommend this book because its unrelentingly depressing and the character dynamics are not believable.
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    Graceful, nuanced, and moving!

    Life and Other Inconveniences is a beautifully written, affecting story that immerses you into the lives of the London family, especially three strong, determined women, and all the secrets, wounds, smiles, tears, strength, and compassion that surround them. The prose is effortless and expressive. The characters are authentic, angry, lovable, and stubborn. And the story is an exceptionally touching tale about life, loss, love, grief, forgiveness, familial drama, friendship, courage, hope, and the unbreakable ties that bind us as family. Overall, Life and Other Inconveniences is another absorbingly insightful, skillfully plotted, multi-generational, family saga by Higgins that reminds us that life is complicated, messy, challenging, short, heartbreaking, as well as all those other wonderful things, lovely times, and special moments that happen in-between.
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    Heartbreaking story that also mends it

    Emma London’s job a single mom to Riley has been her most rewarding one. Overcoming a heartbreaking childhood to flourishing into an independent psychologist, she has had her share of obstacles. One of which is her ice-veined grandmother, Genevieve London, successful millionaire creator and found of London Designs who raised Emma when she was dropped off by her father whom never came back for her. As goes about life worrying about her daughter’s out-of-character mood, struggling to pay the bills and massive student debt, aging Pop who took her in when she was disowned by Genevieve as a pregnant teenager, she receives a call from Genevieve notifying her that she way dying and that she would like to finally meet her great-granddaughter by having them stay with her over the summer. With the prospect of Riley’s college getting fully paid by Genevieve’s wealth, Emma sets her pride in the backseat and packs up Riley with her Pop tagging along (to keep on eye on Genevieve) and head to Connecticut. This is a story that will surely break your heart and mend it back together again. Emma’s struggles and hopes while being a single mom who’s trying to hold everything together garners sympathy and keeps you engrossed within the story. Overall, this was a fantastic read and I highly recommend it. Here’s a taste of what you’ll expect.: As Emma comes to the realization that her highschool boyfriend and Riley’s father, Jason isn’t going to stay with them as a family, she thinks, “No house with a stone wall. No blue couch, no puppy, no swing in the backyard. No tulips. The pigeon, who’d flapped intermittently all these years, finally gave up the ghost. I’d known all along that Jason would never come through. It was time to admit that.”
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    A must read!

    Kristan Higgins is one of my top all time favorite authors. I absolutely love that she is now writing Women's Fiction, but hasn't lost the comedic romance in the process. This book was a multi-generational exploration of family and it's ups and downs. The story includes an older woman, one in her late thirties, a teenager and also a female toddler (world's most horrendous) from another family. This is a book of love--very strong love, withheld love, romantic love, love that breaks your heart to pieces and love that sneaks up on you and is there even when you don't know it. There are also dogs, death, lies and betrayal..and the worst first date in the history of mankind. Ms. Higgins has woven all that into a miraculous book that leaves you in awe and bewildered all at the same time. A must read!
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    Beautifully inconvenient

    The more I read Higgins’ the more I want to read Higgins. Her characters are achingly real and the stories become more layered, drawing on some of life’s darker themes, with each new book. I laughed out loud (as always), I cried, I pondered... and I promise you will too!
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