An irreverent sense of humor runs through the book. Reading Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough is like drinking fine champagne: the bubbles tickle as you drain your glass. My mother, however, could never get the name right and always called her Zippy. Pennebaker is a good writer. Joanie, almost fifty-years-old is in a divorcee support group and only talks to her best friend Mary Margaret outside the group. Caroline is trying to be something other than the invisible girl at school.
A little social experiment in doing good. Are they all in a better place emotionally than they were at the beginning of the book? And she tries to avoid her father completely. . Caroline is not over sex, although, she has yet to have it. She wishes for a simpler time as she continually shakes her head and sighs. All three women hail from different generations and find themselves forced to live under the same roof.
I absolutely enjoyed reading Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough - with a title like that, who wouldn't? Suck it up - its just life - I did like the way it ended though. There's a slight uplift at the end, as the title would lead you to hope, but the lives of these women are rather sad. They all find some way to work through those feelings, Joanie being the only one who seems to go about that in a somewhat healthy manner. From the beginning you are captivated by the three depressing lives of Joanie, Caroline and Ivy. But as I continued to read it, I enjoyed it a little more. Frankly, it describes me and many others in my circle of family and friends to a T. Will you please unlock this door? And they are not getting along.
And sometimes it's possible to undo the mistakes of the past, like deciding never to have sex again. The young daughter is having a hard time socially in high school. She is at an entirely different place in her life, but each character has a chance to see her at a time of crisis, and in this moment, Ivy and Caroline each see a side of Joanie they had never acknowledged. Not great, mind-blowing reading, but good enough to keep going. I would have liked and epilogue. I laughed so hard that I awoke a sleeping Ginko. Joanie won't be having more babies, since she's decided never to have sex again.
And what was Joanie so nervous about, anyway? I think each reader will have a very different reaction to the three women and will find something about each of them to admire, despite their emotional upheavals. My only conclusion is that Sarah Bird must be biased in some way--perhaps she personally knows the author, or she was just being polite. But as I continued to read it, I enjoyed it a little more. There was a scene where Joanie finally gave into her anger with her mother and I was happy that she did. The next day, David, phones Joanie to question her about what she is doing their almost eighty-year-old mother! I thought it was well done, easy read and I enjoyed it.
However, given their problems, the amount of fights and arguments they have, when it comes right down to it, they love each other immensely. Perhaps this is meant to be written in such a way, and I just have no appreciation for it. All he wanted to do was sit in his easy chair and take naps after dinner. That was because they had lots of friends and extremely exciting lives. I enjoyed reading Women on the Verge. Many clever turns of phrases. But sometimes they surprise each other-and themselves.
Joanie Pilcher is about to turn fifty and has recently been left by her husband. This book is funny and sad and it was a quick read. Oh, yes, Caroline — screamed a lot, too. Joanie is divorced; about to turn fifty; struggling at her ad exec job;dealing with a teen- aged daughter who ignores her; and a mother who is constantly calling her Roxanne and criticizing her. Caroline is a low esteem teenager that thinks she has a multiple personality disorder and not very happy to find out her dad -dating a woman 29 to his 50 will soon be a father again. It managed to maintain its light feel while still touching you. This is a great book club pick because of all of the discussion issues that it brings up, and it's also a light, fun read and the perfect book to pick up in the darkness of winter.
The author artfully tells a tale from three perspectives and generations. I disliked Ivy for always nagging Joanie and Caroline and finding faults in everything Joanie did. One scene toward the end of the book made me laugh so hard the dog jumped off the bed. But, then I realized this was about the sandwich generation - she is living with her mother and her teenage daughter. The life she was holding together by shreds comes crashing around her when her ex-husband announces that his new girlfriend is having a baby. It's premise is three women a 15 year old daughter, 50 year old mom, and a grandmother living under one roof. But then she is also trying to get her life back on track by getting a job and working towards her issues by joining a divorce group.
I admire her for trying to catch up to everyone else by learning how to operate a computer, but her situation just made me sad as I thought of my own lonely grandmother. This novel centers around three women, each with their own set of problems. Joanie, Caroline, and Ivy are stuck under the same roof, and it isn't easy. Along the way, we meet the women in Joanie's support group; Caroline's only friend Sondra; and observe Ivy's somewhat unusual friendship with a waitress named Lupe. I felt that the ending was just the beginning for Joanie, Ivy and Caroline. What could it have been? Not sappy, like you would initially expect, which made this a pleasant surprise.
A great book abo When I first started this book, I was pretty sure I wasn't going to like it. But that was all right. And Ivy is flailing about, trying to discover who she is in this new life in which she has no real place of her own, and in her attempt to define who she is, she makes some risky choices. They are real with depth. I like it when a book focuses on more than one character because I think it adds more depth to the story and definitely make for a more varied read. Many clever turns of phrases.