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"In a curiously optimistic but ultimately doomed experiment in communal living, journalist and author Hafner (The Well) invites her 77-year-old mother, Helen, to share the household she and her teenage daughter set up together in Lower Pacific Heights, San Francisco. All three have high hopes ('How Chinese of you!' exclaimed one friend, in admiration), despite some intergenerational emotional baggage: namely, Helen's drinking and inability to take care of the author and her sister as children; the death of Hafner's husband, Matt, eight years before, which left their only daughter, Zoe, with intense fears of abandonment; and the grudges and resentful interdependence to which all three women are prone. Old patterns swiftly reemerge. A pianist and former computer programmer, Helen voices subtle but insidious criticism of Zoe's musical intonation, and secretly harbors suspicion that her daughter asked her to live with her only because of Helen's money. Meanwhile the author is frankly appalled by her mother's frostiness and efforts to exert control, especially over the men Hafner dates. And 16-year-old Zoe displays shocking brattyness and ill manners toward her grandmother. Their year of living together elicits enormous spiritual growth, though not necessarily the way they envision. Sadly, the narrative is tedious, but some well-intentioned familial reckoning emerges. Agent: Jim Levine, Levine Greenberg Literary. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Katie Hafner is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, where she writes on healthcare and technology. She has also worked at Newsweek and BusinessWeek, and has written for The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Wired, The New Republic, The Huffington Post, and O: The Oprah Magazine. She is the author of five previous books covering a diverse set of topics, including the origins of the Internet, computer hackers, German reunification, and the pianist Glenn Gould. She lives in San Francisco.

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Kayla Perry, March 9, 2014 (view all comments by Kayla Perry)
This book documents the feeling of wanting to love and be loved by a difficult parent so well that it made me emotional (and I'm not one for overt displays of emotion). The writing is fluid and engaging; her story is stirring and painful. I would heartily recommend this to any person who has ever wanted to reconcile with an estranged parent.
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9781400069361
Subtitle:
A Memoir
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Hafner, Katie
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Random House
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Biography-Women
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20130702
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Hardback
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English
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288
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9.5 x 6.3 x 1 in 1.0813 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In a curiously optimistic but ultimately doomed experiment in communal living, journalist and author Hafner (The Well) invites her 77-year-old mother, Helen, to share the household she and her teenage daughter set up together in Lower Pacific Heights, San Francisco. All three have high hopes ('How Chinese of you!' exclaimed one friend, in admiration), despite some intergenerational emotional baggage: namely, Helen's drinking and inability to take care of the author and her sister as children; the death of Hafner's husband, Matt, eight years before, which left their only daughter, Zoe, with intense fears of abandonment; and the grudges and resentful interdependence to which all three women are prone. Old patterns swiftly reemerge. A pianist and former computer programmer, Helen voices subtle but insidious criticism of Zoe's musical intonation, and secretly harbors suspicion that her daughter asked her to live with her only because of Helen's money. Meanwhile the author is frankly appalled by her mother's frostiness and efforts to exert control, especially over the men Hafner dates. And 16-year-old Zoe displays shocking brattyness and ill manners toward her grandmother. Their year of living together elicits enormous spiritual growth, though not necessarily the way they envision. Sadly, the narrative is tedious, but some well-intentioned familial reckoning emerges. Agent: Jim Levine, Levine Greenberg Literary. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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