Sandwiched

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Her free-spirited elderly mom's moving in, her previously do-gooder teenage daughter's sneaking out, her prize-winning stud bulldog can't get it on, and her soon-to-be ex-husband can't get his mind off girls half his age.

CiCi can (A) have nervous breakdown, (B) run away, (C) eat massive amounts of chocolate or (D) see a counselor...

CiCi chooses (C). She doesn't have time for a breakdown, can't afford to run ...

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Overview

Her free-spirited elderly mom's moving in, her previously do-gooder teenage daughter's sneaking out, her prize-winning stud bulldog can't get it on, and her soon-to-be ex-husband can't get his mind off girls half his age.

CiCi can (A) have nervous breakdown, (B) run away, (C) eat massive amounts of chocolate or (D) see a counselor...

CiCi chooses (C). She doesn't have time for a breakdown, can't afford to run away and she IS a counselor.

Until she fears her daughter -- and even her widowed mother -- are repeating her mistakes. CiCi realizes she has to do something, because after all, her family ties might be a bit frayed, but they still could bind nonetheless...

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Told through a clever mix of narrative, letters, e-mails and instant messages, this multigenerational tale covers all-too-familiar ground as it charts the trials of three women living under the same roof: middle-aged marriage counselor Cecelia Dupree, a depressed recent divorcee with a penchant for sweets; her newly widowed mother, Belle; and her 17-year-old daughter, Erin, who's suffocating under CiCi's too-strict rules. Having been burned by her cheating ex, who fancies women in their 20s, CiCi can't seem to move on. Predictably, it's her vivacious mother, as well as the good-humored (and horny) seniors in Belle's reading group, who teach CiCi to embrace life-and the handsome younger man who's interested in pursuing a relationship with her. The book isn't as sweetly playful as the cover, featuring a scrumptious-looking ice cream cone, suggests, and the plot sometimes reads as if plucked from fantasyland (e.g., all three women pair off with fantastic men who love them just the way they are). But what saves this story from being a 300-page clich is its moments of insight and poignancy. Whether writing from the perspective of an angst-ridden teenager or a bitter, depressed divorc e, Archer (Shocking Behavior, etc.) captures the voices and vulnerabilities of her characters with precision. Agent, Jenny Bent. (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786285884
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Series: Thorndike Americana Ser.
  • Edition description: LARGEPRINT
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 1.15 (d)

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Her free-spirited elderly mom's moving in, her previously do-gooder teenage daughter's sneaking out, her prize-winning stud bulldog can't get it on and her soon-to-be ex-husband can't get his mind off girls half his age. CiCi can (A) have nervous breakdown, (B) run away, (C) eat massive amounts of chocolate or (D) see a counselor... CiCi chooses (C). She doesn't have time for a breakdown, can't afford to run away and she IS a counselor. Until she fears her daughter - and even her widowed mother - are repeating her mistakes. CiCi realizes she has to do something, because after all, her family ties might be a bit frayed, but they still could bind nonetheless...
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2005

    Sandwiched

    The book 'Sandwiched' was a very good. My favorite part of the book was when Erin's grandma showed up at the club one night with some of her friends and Erin seen her in the bathroom. I thought that was funny because you would think that if anyone would check on a child while they were out it would be the parent, but it wasn't in this case, it was the grandma. This book kept me reading. It was paced just right and kept my attention, I never knew what was going to happen next. I recommend this book to whom ever likes fiction stories that are based on stories that could happen in real life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2005

    Insightful and Tender

    Few books effectively communicate differences between generations. Authors gravitate to the young, middle aged, or elderly, unable to effectively communicate the uniqueness of the three cultures. Jennifer Archer not only conveys the diction and warmth of a teenage girl (Erin), a separated adult woman (CiCi), and a woman in her retirement years (Belle), but she manages to show how the three need each other. Together, they¿re more than they are apart. Each suffers through a series of struggles, separating at first from the family mix before understanding the importance of the bond. It¿s a tender novel, filled with deft humor, romance, and intrigue. The writing is lucid and focused, and the reader connects with each character in a meaningful and personal way. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    insightful relationship drama

    Forty years old Cecilia ¿CiCi¿ Dupree feels much older than her age. She recently filed for divorce from Bert, but believes she should have killed him and buried him at the sacred canine peeing ground after seeing him kissing a neighbor¿s daughter barely older than their teen. CiCi just took her widow mom Belle out of the Parkview nursing home to live with her and her college age daughter Erin. --- However, the three generations of females under one roof cause an overflow of estrogen that drives the one pulled in the middle over the edge. Using lists to keep track of the demands by her mom and her daughter, CiCi knows that being the SANDWICHED generation leaves no time for her. Yet she wonders if she would have it any other way as the women find they have different needs, different desires, and different perspectives yet share the need, desire and perspective of loving relationships. --- The family drama is told by rotating perspectives that reflect the background of the individual woman as they tell their side. Whereas CiCi uses a first person narration, Belle sends letters to her deceased spouse and Erin uses instant messenger and email; this technique highlights the differences between the three generational females yet also shows their common bond. Though somewhat disruptive and requiring a reader adjustment, Jennifer Archer scores a bull¿s-eye with this insightful relationship drama. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2005

    2.5 stars.

    Three generations of mothers and daughters converge under one roof to face the shake ups, trials and revelations of their lives. CiCi Dupree, the middle generation in the family sandwhich feels used up by life. At forty, she's in the midst of a divorce, her teenager is rebelling, and she transferred her aged mother from the nursing home to her house. Now, she's about to learn things about both her mother and daughter she was not prepared to learn. Morever, she's about to learn about herself. ..................................... ** Wry wit outlines the pathos of the three women undergo. Notably, the daughter and grandmother's struggles seem most closely aligned. Nostalgia fans will experience a couple of 'gee whiz' moments. The main feature of the book, how it is related, will either be its greatest strength or critical flaw. It's told in first person POV by all three of the heroines. CiCi has straightforward narration. Erin, her daughter, tells her side in that method and through email and IM's. The Grandmother relates her version of events as letters to her late husband. Some will find the unusual perspectives illuminating, others will be jarred by the discontinuity. **

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2005

    Great Read!

    Unique and very funny! Nice to see some writers willing to take chances and this one is a hit. The use of email and letters to move the story lines along is unusual and very effective. The stories of the three women, mother, daughter and grandaughter are funny and poingnent illustrating the struggles of growing up, getting smart, and accepting age gracefully with spunk and humor! Can't wait to read her next book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2005

    A fast, funny read...with surprises

    I picked up this book, took it poolside, and literally did not put it down. Jennifer Archer's multi-generational tale of three strong women on the verge of big changes is laugh-out-loud funny. What surprised me were the poignant moments, the little tugs through rich characters with all their realistic flaws and foibles. Belle's letters to her deceased husband Harry made me cry more than once. (Which makes for a mess when you're slathered in sunscreen.) The ending was wholly satisfying, and I felt like each of the story lines were compelling and complimentary to the others. I'll be looking for Ms. Archer's next book...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2005

    Outstanding!

    I LOVED this book! It gave me everything. I laughed, I cried, and the truest sign of a great story -- I was sad when it ended. Don't miss this read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2005

    I couldn't put it down!

    I thought this was a GREAT book. I love the unique voice, and the way it was written to show several different points of view made it all the more interesting, in my opinion. CiCi's a delightful mess, and I found that I could wait to see how she straightens things out, and Ms. Archer has teens down to a T. The grandmother's storyline is very touching, and witty too. Many people in universal situations like this will identify with the plot and characters. I highly recommend it.

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