Carousel of Progress by Katherine Tanney
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Meet Meredith Herman, a fourteen-year-old expert witness to the slow unraveling of her parents' marriage amid the lunacy of Los Angeles, 1978, a world of bell-bottoms, grapefruit diets, and plastic surgery. Meredith is a girl of a specific time and place tackling the universal challenges of boys, school, and parents. Her mother, Leigh, is a housewife suffering an excruciating and often hilarious midlife discontent, a malaise that leaves Meredith's father, Robert, genuinely baffled. As Leigh attempts to reinvent herself as a liberated lady - complete with assertiveness-training classes and a dalliance with an exotic artist - Robert runs for cover into a hasty second marriage. Through it all, Meredith and Leigh struggle in a combative mother-daughter relationship as wonderfully real as any in contemporary fiction.

Tanney's debut sparkles with pitch-perfect dialogue and an astonishingly accurate sense of place. This novel will take readers on ajourney of belly laughs and heartbreak. The Herman family's story will charm and captivate you long after you've turned the last page.

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About Katherine Tanney

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Katherine Tanney was raised in Los Angeles and attended the California Institute of the Arts, where she received her BFA. She was a nationally exhibited video artist and worked in the film industry before getting her MFA in creative writing from Warren Wilson College. Tanney has been an artist-in-residence at the Millay Colony, a Story Magazine Award finalist, and the recipient of various awards and grants for her work. She lives in Austin, Texas.From the Hardcover edition.
Published October 10, 2009 by Villard. 272 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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She’s fed up with stiff and unresponsive Robert and the Ozzie and Harriet life he seems to expect, while Robert can’t fathom why she would want anything to change.

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Rambling, casual and intermittently amusing, Tanney's debut novel chronicles four years in the life of teenager Meredith Herman and her classically dysfunctional family in the sun-filled world of upper-middle-class Los Angeles in the late 1970s.

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