Roost

Roost

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Claudia, single mother of two young children, pines for her past independent life. Her ex, after all, has moved on to a new wardrobe, a new penchant for lattes--new adult friends. But in Claudia's house she's still finding bananas in the sock drawer, cigarettes taped to wrestling figures, and doodles on her MasterCard bills. Then Claudia receives the unexpected news that her mother has died.

As Claudia attempts to gain control of her life, she realizes that her fellow family members also struggle with uncertainty. Her brother's family appears picture perfect--the children always clean, the puzzles never missing pieces--but he and his wife hunger for a break from parenthood. Her father has joined a curling team and seems to be active in the community. Yet he orders product after as-seen-on-tv product for his own empty nest.

Shared through the hilarious, honest, and often poignant perspective of a single mother, Roost is the story of a woman learning about motherhood while grieving the loss of her own mother. And as she begins to mend, she's also learning that she might be able to accept her home--as it is.

Publisher: Calgary : Freehand Books, ©2013.
ISBN: 9781554811373
1554811376
Characteristics: 249 pages ;,22 cm.

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Feb 05, 2015

This book is at a different pace than most books I've read. Instead of following a story arc with a build towards a climax, this book is more like a snippet of a 6 month period of this woman's life. It keeps at the same frenetic pace describing both mundane life and loss as she's single parenting her kids, working, dealing with her mom's death and dealing with her brother and issues with her father after her mom dies. At first I really didn't like this book for the reasons I just mentioned, and then around 1/3 to 1/2 way through the book it all became very endearing. She was relatable as a mother in her thought process (not to all moms, but to me at least), and she was just trying to hold everyone else together.

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