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    fast and funny

    This was a book I started one day and finished up a few nights later. Good read and really funny. If you like some shady characters and a little lighthearted humor, then this is your vacation read. Enjoyed the whimsy in the writer's descriptive words and the self deprecation of the heroine. It is good to know that other people have crazy families and just laugh it off!
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    Jill Fountaine returns home to assist her parents.

    Jill Fountaine is a woman after my own heart. She’s determined, family oriented, career focused and creative. She says what she thinks, and doesn’t hesitate to take action and get involved when she believes she can help. In Cindy McDermott’s second novel, “Working with Really Stupid People: The Relatives,” that’s the reason for her return to Dimwit (actually, it’s Dimlit), Missouri, the town she escaped, along with her alcoholic parents, dysfunctional family and its host of other stupid people, many years before. She’s triumphed over adversity; she raised her kids, got a good education, a good job and launched a writing career based on her work experiences Now she hears rumblings from her Aunt Olida Wilhelmina, the woman who always provided mothering and good advice, of shady goings-on in Dimlit, from land grabs and lies to a preacher who’s more interested in lining his own pockets than saving his congregation. As Jill uncovers more information and is determined to protect her parents, her character evolves and her point of view mellows and changes. Already a survivor, as McDermott has detailed in the first novel in the series, Jill puts her instincts, honed by experience with odd (and stupid) people, into learning the truth. She relies on help from the good people she left behind when she escaped Dimlit as a young woman, and as the story unfolds, the reader has hope that she will even rekindle an old romance. McDermott’s descriptions of rural decay are hilarious and dead on, particularly as she emphasizes her family’s centuries-old connection to the land and their aversion to leaving it. Or leaving it well kept. Depictions of her childhood and parents are poignant, especially as Jill sees them in her rear-view mirror. And the other characters will leave you shaking your head, quite possibly recognizing folks you may actually know, with their greed, self-absorption and snarkiness. Go back and pick up “Working with Really Stupid People: The Neighbors,” after you finish “The Relatives.” The characters and situations are equally hilarious and perfect for your summer reading list!
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    Great read

    I really enjoyed it. It was an easy read that kept me laughing. Lots of silly twists and turns, but it had a good message about not judging others so harshly, especially thinking they're stupid! The main character Jill can be a bit over the top but she comes to understand why those close to her made the decisions they did so many years ago. Dialogue is great; characters are over the top. Fun!
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    Hilarious Family Dysfuncition at its Best!

    I had such a good time reading this book! It was funny, yet poignant at times., making you understand that family dynamics really are impactful. The dialogue will make you laugh aloud! It takes all types to make up a family! This book is a quick read and you won't be disappointed!
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