Spanning the course of 30 years, a mother-and-daughter relationship is put to the test due to the mother’s eccentric, compulsive hoarding habits. Beginning in the 1980s, The Cost of Living follows Caroline Kurchowski as she grows from an 8-year old girl into adulthood with her single mom. Jean Kurchowski lives by the motto “If it’s free, it’s for me,” which explains the mile-high pile of wood chips in the driveway, the cramped basement filled with Avon samples, and the jalopy that will only come to a stop by crashing.
Their house is an amalgamation of items bought at garage sales, thrift stores, and premium conventions. Jean is the ultimate pack rat. But it doesn’t stop there. At the cost of their own home, the house is falling apart. Mice fall through holes in ceiling, the pipes burst without notice, and cakes are resurrected from the garbage. Certainly, it is not a home one wants to bring her friends to visit, which is just the beginning of Caroline’s concerns.
As Caroline grows up, all the normal events in a girl’s life turn into memories Caroline would rather forget. First boyfriends, school, prom, college, Spring Break – it’s never simple and it’s always an experience that leads Caroline to resent her mother, understand her mother, and appreciate her mother all at the same time.
The Cost of Living is filled with humor and sadness that explores a lifelong relationship with depth and understanding for its characters.
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Published December 17, 2012
by Digital Jam, LLC.
Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction.