By The Numbers

By The Numbers

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by Jen Lancaster
     
 

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The New York Times bestselling author of The Best of Enemies serves up a hilarious new novel of the “sandwich generation.”
 
Actuary Penny Sinclair has a head for business, and she always makes rational decisions. Knowing that 60% of spouses cheat and 50% of marriages end in divorce, she wasn’t too surprised when her

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The New York Times bestselling author of The Best of Enemies serves up a hilarious new novel of the “sandwich generation.”
 
Actuary Penny Sinclair has a head for business, and she always makes rational decisions. Knowing that 60% of spouses cheat and 50% of marriages end in divorce, she wasn’t too surprised when her husband had an affair. (That he did so with a woman their daughter’s age? Well, that part did sting a bit.) She just made sure she got everything in the divorce, including their lovely old Victorian house. And as soon as her younger daughter has her hipster-fabulous wedding in the backyard, she’s trading it in for a condo in downtown Chicago...
 
Well within the average market time in her area, Penny gets an offer on the house. But then life happens. Her children, her parents and her ex come flying back to the nest, all in need of Penny’s emotional—and financial—support. Spread thin, Penny becomes the poster child for the “sandwich generation,” when all she really wanted to do was make managing director, buy a white couch, and maybe go on a Match.com date...

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
PRAISE FOR TWISTED SISTERS

“Jen Lancaster mixes sibling rivalry, reality television and body swapping…hilarious.”—HoustonPress.com
 
The Real World meets Freaky Friday.”—Rainy Day Ramblings
 
“Sure to appeal to fans of Helen Fielding, Emily Giffin, Sophie Kinsella, and Jennifer Weiner, Twisted Sisters is Jen Lancaster at her funniest and most, well, twisted.”—Starpulse.com
 
HERE I GO AGAIN

“This is the only book in twenty years that made me wipe my eyes. Jen Lancaster’s like a modern-day, bawdy Erma Bombeck....I couldn’t put it down!”—Lisa Lampanelli, New York Post
 
“Entertaining, humorous, and well written, and the characters are perfection.”—Examiner.com
 
Mean Girls meets Back to the Future…scathingly witty and lots of fun.”—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
 
IF YOU WERE HERE
 
“A perfect summer read.”—USA Today
 
“Witty and hilarious.”—People (3½ stars out of 4)
 
“Bitter may well be the new black, but If You Were Here is the new funny.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Joshilyn Jackson

Library Journal
★ 05/15/2016
Actuary Penny Sinclair can tell, statistically, when people are most likely to die, or when marriages are most likely to fail, but she can't figure out how her life got so off course. She's divorced from her husband, Chris, who seduced his assistant—in Penny's living room, no less. Her newly married daughter Kelsey is back at Penny's house and doesn't seem like she's adjusting to adulthood too well. Penny's other daughter Jessica, though she isn't talking about it, is deep in debt and has moved back into the nest as well. Add in Penny's aging parents, who also showed up at her doorstep, and a dog Kelsey brought home, and Penny's got a full house. Too bad that she has finally decided it's time to sell the place on Chicago's North Shore. Penny and Chris may have made mistakes in the past, both with each other and with their children, but just like with a math problem that doesn't quite come out right, mistakes can be erased with enough time and patience. VERDICT Lancaster's (The Best of Enemies) sprightly book is all about second chances and familial love. Readers will cheer for Penny.—Jennifer Mills, Shorewood-Troy Lib., IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451471116
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/21/2016
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
38,711
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Jen Lancaster is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve previous books (The Best of Enemies; I Regret Nothing; Twisted Sisters; The Tao of Martha; Here I Go Again; Jeneration X; If You Were Here; My Fair Lazy; Pretty in Plaid; Such a Pretty Fat; Bright Lights, Big Ass; Bitter Is the New Black). She has appeared on Today, The Joy Behar Show, and NPR’s All Things Considered.

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By The Numbers 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
KrittersRamblings 6 days ago
I love Jen Lancaster. I love her memoir style books. After reading this book, I have read two out of the four fiction books that she has written and so far I am a fan of her fiction too! Penny Sinclair is now a divorced mother of three children who have all left her in an empty nest. They have all come home for the wedding of one of her daughters and when the gang gets back together - drama ensues! Not only do the children return, but her ex husband returns with his new much younger lady. I loved this book. I loved how it included stories from the past in an interesting way, they were woven into the main story in just the right way. Jen Lancaster just knows how to write. I like how she creates her characters and then how they interact, sometimes it feels so real that it makes me want to befriend or even kick some of them! I love the predicaments that Jen Lancaster gets her characters in and out of. I need to move the other fiction by Jen Lancaster up my TBR pile!
Anonymous 29 days ago
Upset the book cost $13.99 for 240 pages. It was VERY slow going and the main character irratated me. It did get better towards the very end. I like the way it ended.
Anonymous 5 months ago
What kind of rp is it?
Anonymous 5 months ago
"Um... Am I who you're looking for? I was told to come here."
Anonymous 5 months ago
He appeared. "Okay, tell me what this about..."
Anonymous 7 months ago
Love all her books!