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Rosemary O'Neal lived for eight years with William, in a rambling country house in Maine. Then William committed suicide on a trip to London, leaving her with questions, anger, and no way to say goodbye. When her zany family descends on the house, bringing a tidal wave of casseroles and their own petty problems, Rosemary retreats with her cat from the chaos of the world around them. (Her cat understands human nature better than Homo sapiens anyway.) It takes an unsettling turn of events to shock her back into the pitfalls of living and realize that life is a fleeting experience to be carefully savored.

Award-winning author Cathie Pelletier has been called "a bitingly funny, highly original novelist". In The Bubble Reputation, she redefines "dysfunctional" in this bittersweet, life-affirming story about the idiosyncrasies of family, the anguish of grief, and finding peace after chaos.

©1993, 2014 Cathie Pelletier (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • Beverly
  • 20-04-15

Delightful Realism of Grief

I started this book 3 times and kept thinking at the beginning-"oh great another book about death," but today for some reason I let it keep running and it turned out to be humorous and
sarcastic, about friendships and family, the earth and sky and always a bit of loneliness. I lost a child ten years ago and this book made me laugh, feel sad but peaceful. No matter how many years the grief is always with you, it is just what you do with the grief. I recommend this book highly.

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  • Jan
  • 04-11-14

Not Quite Like Anything I Have Ever Read Before!

This is a short novel about a woman whose significant other commits suicide, and the seclusion, depression, and slow healing that occurs afterward.

But just as you are beginning to feel such empathy for this woman, along come her wild relatives who totally invade her space. These people have spent a lot of time riding the crazy train. They are so socially inappropriate, they are hilarious. They have no respect for death or anyone suffering from loss.

Yet, somehow, these quirky people help begin the healing process for this broken woman who is so lost and in such pain.

The narration could have been better.

Sad, funny, and socially inappropriate. I liked it.

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