The Good Life by Susan Kietzman

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Though stories of families in turmoil are as old as the written word itself, Kietzman’s tale stands apart due to a rich narrative canvas that is colored by heartfelt realism and keen sociological insights.
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Between workouts, charity events, and shopping, Ann Barons keeps her days as full as her walk-in closets. She shares an immaculate house with her CEO husband, Mike, and their two teenagers, Nate and Lauren. It's a luxurious life, far from her homespun childhood on a farm in eastern Pennsylvania. . .which is why Ann is wary when her elderly parents ask to move in temporarily.

Ann prepares in the way she knows best--hiring decorators and employing a full-time nurse for her dementia-stricken father. But nothing can prepare her for the transformations ahead. Soon, her mother Eileen is popping in to prepare soups and roasts in Ann's underused kitchen, while the usually surly Nate forms an alliance with his ailing grandfather. Lauren blossoms under Eileen's guidance, and even workaholic Mike finds time to attend high-school football games. But it's Ann who must make the biggest leap, and confront the choices and values that have kept her floating on life's surface for so long.

Timely, poignant, and wise, The Good Life is a deeply satisfying and beautifully written story about the complex relationships between parents and children--and the gap that often lies between what we seek, and what will truly make us whole.

"The moving story of a family's rebirth through the simple but profound acts of daily kindness and sacrifice." –Holly Chamberlin, author of Last Summer

Susan Kietzman is a Connecticut native. She has a bachelor's degree in English from Connecticut College and a master's degree in journalism from Boston University. She has worked in both magazine and newspaper publishing and currently writes grants for the Mystic Seaport Museum. The Good Life is her first novel. She lives with her family in Mystic, CT.
 

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Susan Kietzman is a Connecticut native. She has a bachelor's degree in English from Connecticut College and a master's degree in journalism from Boston University. She has worked in both magazine and newspaper publishing and currently writes grants for the Mystic Seaport Museum. A Changing Marriage is her second novel. Her first novel, The Good Life, was published in 2013. She lives with her family in Mystic, CT. Readers can visit her website at www.susankietzman.com.
 
Published February 26, 2013 by Kensington. 353 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Mar 11 2013

Though stories of families in turmoil are as old as the written word itself, Kietzman’s tale stands apart due to a rich narrative canvas that is colored by heartfelt realism and keen sociological insights.

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This moving story portrays the relationships between parents and children with insight and honesty. Descriptions of life with an ailing family member are painstakingly accurate and will resonate with many.

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