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The Mother-in-Law Diaries: A Novel
     

The Mother-in-Law Diaries: A Novel

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by Carol Dawson
 

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Much to the surprise of his mother, Lulu Penfield's first-born son has gotten married. It's not that she minds; she's fairly sure that he's made a good choice. What's really eating at her is the realization that she is about to become--gasp--a mother-in-law. Lulu's been around the block more than a few times. She's had more than the average number of mothers-in-law,

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Much to the surprise of his mother, Lulu Penfield's first-born son has gotten married. It's not that she minds; she's fairly sure that he's made a good choice. What's really eating at her is the realization that she is about to become--gasp--a mother-in-law. Lulu's been around the block more than a few times. She's had more than the average number of mothers-in-law, and she's found herself more than once figuring out how these women manage to embed themselves in her marriages. As mothers-in-law go, she's had some real doozies. There was the Budgeteer, who insisted on teaching Lulu how to squeeze every penny out of her measly salary, how to keep her house spic and span, how to give birth, and of course, how to nurse her baby. There was the witch, who was skilled at casting some rather damaging spells. Try crossing that mother-in-law. There was the cool and poised New Zealand mother-in-law, whose son slandered her at length, leaving Lulu to wonder just how true his stories were. And there was the ghost of a mother-in-law, who lingered in Lulu's husband's study and had a word or two for Lulu herself. Now there's Lulu, about to become the sacred mother to whom the daughter-in-law must bow, about to become the source of wisdom about the son--his sins, his past, his potential. In a funny, bittersweet novel, Dawson takes us through the ups and downs of marriages and mothers-in-law. THE MOTHER-IN-LAW DIARIES will ring true for every woman who's ever said "I do" and who didn't realize that she was marrying not one person, but two.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616202095
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
250
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Carol Dawson was born and raised in Texas, and has since lived in a variety of places --California, England, Italy, New Zealand, New Mexico, and Washington. During that time, she published three novels (The Waking Spell, Body of Knowledge, and Meeting the Minotaur) and a volume of poetry (Job). Dawson recently returned to her home state, where she is currently writing a history on the Maori people of New Zealand and is at work on her fifth novel.

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The Mother-in-Law Diaries 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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I saw Carol Dawson in New Orleans at the Pirates Aleey Faulkner Society 'Words and Music 2000' in September. The Mother-in-Law Diaries, like her, is intelligent and funny. Every woman contemplating marriage needs to enjoy this funny tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am just now finishing it. It has taken quite a while for me to read as it not really to my liking. Not terrible, but not what I would call out to friends to "read this!" It was something to read.