When pneumonia lands Estelle Trager unconscious in the emergency room, her son Adam, and Liza, the thirty-three-year-old daughter-in-law she once called a godless hippie raised by wolves, learn of some significant tumors—a secret the older woman intended to take to her grave. Adam is outraged. But Estelle, who watched her mother and grandmother suffer from breast cancer in the days when no one dared speak its name, has no intention of putting her family or herself through that. So she asks her daughter-in-law to kill her. A horrified Liza refuses and keeps the request – among other things—a secret from her furious husband, although she does share it with his brother, a close friend before her marriage to Adam. Armed with nutrition textbooks and the help of her neighbor, a savvy nurse, Liza hopes to convince her mother-in-law to make a more informed choice, before the cancer, the secrets, and Estelle’s determination to avoid treatment and end her life can tear them all apart.
Art teacher Daniel Benedetto has cystic fibrosis. At thirty-four, he’s already outlived his doctor’s “expiration date,” but that doesn’t stop him from giving all he can to his students and his work. When he takes on Caitlin, his landlady’s daughter, as a private student, the budding teen painter watches in torment as other people, especially women, treat Daniel like a freak because of his condition. To Caitlin, Daniel is not a disease, not someone to pity or take care of but someone to care for, a friend, and her first real crush. Convinced one of those women is about to hurt him, Caitlin makes one very bad decision.
The Joke’s on Me (contemporary fiction) NOW AVAILABLE FOR NOOK AND KINDLE!
When a mudslide plummets her hopes, her home, and her entire collection of impractical footwear into the Pacific, former actress and stand-up comic Frankie Goldberg takes the only possession she has left – a cherry red Corvette convertible – and drives east to her family’s bed and breakfast in Woodstock, New York. This begins a journey into the family she left behind, the family she joked about in her act. But the joke’s on Frankie. While she was doing impressions of her slightly menopausal Jewish mother and her sister the serial divorcee, her family was slowly leaving her. And maybe that joke is just too new to be funny. Travel along with fearless Frankie as she puzzles through that eternal dilemma of coming back home to find that nothing is where you left it.