Georgia Waltz has much of what most people only dream of—two healthy and bright daughters and a husband with whom she’s madly in love, even after decades of marriage; a plush Manhattan apartment overlooking Central Park; a Hamptons beach house; a driver; club memberships;fine art,. It’s only when Ben suddenly drops dead from a massive coronary while training for the New York City Marathon that Georgia discovers that her husband—a lawyer who always provided well for his family—has left them exactly nothing. Their idyllic life together, it turns out, was built on lies.
As the family attorney attempts to trace the missing money and explain the mortgaged property, and worthless insurance policies, Georgia has to come to grips with her new reality. Not only must she learn how to manage her household finances with what little income she has left, she needs to face the revelation that Ben was not the perfect husband he appeared to be. Between her efforts to protect his legacy for the sake of their daughters and coping with her critical brother and dementia-afflicted mother, Georgia is fighting to keep her spirits intact.
Meanwhile, her two daughters, now living at home, must also reevaluate their plans in the wake of their father’s death—Nicola’s globetrotting search for a career and Luey’s education at Stanford are now untenable. With no trust funds to fall back on, both young women confront the challenges of adult responsibility even as they come of age and navigate complicated romantic relationships...
Slouching Toward Adulthood: Observations from the Not-So-Empty Nest is a hybrid of memoir and reporting from the parenting trenches by Sally Koslow, a journalist , three-time novelist, former editor-in-chief of McCall’s and Lifetime, essayist for magazines and websites, and mother of two grown sons.
Plenty of books have been written about sending kids off to college and the woe-is-me empty nest. This book is about today’s not-so-empty nests, to which many college graduates return. In a public display of reflection, Sally Koslow is an author-sherpa who allows readers to get up close and personal to understand the lives of these young adults and their families. Slouching Toward Adulthood parses attitudes about work, money, cocktails, drugs, food, social life, spirituality, sperm banks, sloppiness, and technology. The book explores marriage, parenthood and self-esteem--and the possible lack of all three—and dives deep into what makes adultescents choose their own adventures.
With the wisdom of hindsight, many Boomer parents saw their kids graduate from college and start to wander. They may have tried to insulate their children from discomfort, failure and struggle and encouraged improvisation as they’ve talked through every choice. Perhaps they curated files on worthwhile programs because they have been convinced that their daughter was the next Mother Theresa, not just a girl who likes Bollywood movies. Most parents, however, never expected their children’s wandering to last for years. No wonder they are frustrated and confused, as are many of their children, who currently exist in a perfect storm of over-confidence, the allusion of never-ending time and a grim reaper of a job market.
Slouching Toward Adulthood begs the question, why has this national trend of wandering happened? Should parents and adultescents try to change the picture? And where, please, might I find a couch to sleep on tomorrow night in Uzbekistan?
Have you ever been a less than perfect friend? To whom does your first loyalty belong—your best friend or your husband? With her trademark wit and empathy, Sally Koslow explores the entangled lives of women in this candid, fast-paced novel.
Quincy, Talia, Chloe, and Jules met in the early nineties after answering a roommate ad for a Manhattan apartment. Despite having little in common, the women became fast friends. A decade later, their lives have diverged, though their ties remain strong.
Quincy, a Midwestern introvert, is trying to overcome a set of tragedies by hunting for the perfect home; Talia, a high-energy Brooklyn wife and mom with an outspoken conscience, is growing resentful of her friends’ greater financial stability and her husband’s lack of ambition; timid Chloe, also a mother, is trying to deflect pressure from her husband, a hedge fund manager, to play the role of trophy wife; while Jules, a fiercely independent actress/entrepreneur with a wicked set of life rules, is confronting her forties alone.
When Jules gives her new boyfriend the inside scoop on the real estate gem Quincy is lusting after, and Talia chases a lucrative job earmarked for Chloe, the women are forced to wrestle with the challenges of love and motherhood. Will their friendships and marriages survive? And at what price? Punchy yet tender, a high-five to sisterhood, this book will hit an emotional bull’s-eye for anyone who has had—or been—less than a perfect friend.
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A smart, entertaining, and heartfelt novel about a woman coming to terms with decisions she can never reverse
Molly Marx led an enviable life—until she was found dead along the bank of the Hudson River. A young wife and mother, Molly now finds herself in The Duration, where, with the help of a refreshingly unorthodox guide, she can observe the friends and family she left behind: her plastic surgeon husband who even in mourning can’t control his wandering eye, the handsome colleague she found irresistible, a fiercely competitive twin sister, her controlling mother-in-law, a loyal but confused friend, and—most important—her purest love, a three-year-old daughter. As Molly watches them try to untangle the events leading to her mysterious end, she relives her past and learns the fates of those she cherished most (and least).
Exploring marriage, fidelity, friendship, family, and mortality, The Late, Lamented Molly Marx is a playful yet tender love story about a flawed but charming woman, forced—better late than never—to take responsibility for the choices in her complicated life.
In Little Pink Slips, my first novel, Maggie Goldfarb felt born to be a magazine editor. Growing up in Fargo, North Dakota, magazines had given her a window into a world where people wore clothes worn on red carpets and referred to Donatella Versace as if she were their college roommate. Following her dream, she moved to Manhattan, reinvented herself as Magnolia Gold, and worked her way up the ladder to become editor-in-chief of Lady, the kind of magazine that women throw into their shopping carts along with the mayo. With a corner office, a designer wardrobe, and dozens of smart, loyal employees it's Magnolia's dream job.
Inspired by real-life events, Little Pink Slips is about the fall, rise, and sweet revenge of a woman who witnesses corporate shenanigans at their most flagrant. Focused on the media business in all its malfeasant glory, it's delicious, can't-stop-reading fun as well as a reflection on America's current obsessions with celebrities.