Perfectly Miserable

Perfectly Miserable

Guilt, God and Real Estate in A Small Town

eBook - 2014-06-12
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A wryly comic memoir that examines the pillars of New England WASP culture -- class, history, family, money, envy, perfection, and, of course, real estate -- through the lens of mothers and daughters. When she was eighteen, Sarah Payne Stuart fled her mother and all the other disapproving mothers of her too-perfect hometown of Concord, Massachusetts, only to return when she had children of her own. Whether to defy the previous generation or finally earn their approval and enter their ranks, she's not sure, but she hurls herself into New England domesticity full-throttle. In the twenty years Stuart spends back in her hometown as an adult -- in a series of ever more magnificent houses in ever grander neighborhoods -- she is forced to connect with the cultural tradition of guilt and flawed parenting of a long legacy of Concord women from Emerson's wife, to Hawthorne's, to the most famous and imposing of them all, Louisa May Alcott's iconic,...
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Group US,, 2014-06-12.
ISBN: 9781101626740
Branch Call Number: eBook Overdrive
Characteristics: polychrome,rdacc,
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Nov 23, 2017

If you enjoy reading about privileged women who go on and on about their heritage and money-heavy families then this may be the book for you.

It was attempting to be self-deprecating but failed and instead came across as extremely self-indulgent. I gave this book two stars since the writing is at least intelligent (it would have to be if the author is a descendant of Puritans - which you'll be reminded of again and again while reading this book.

Pass on this one.


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