Synopses & Reviews
From Carol Dawson, "a master of the light, suspenseful touch" (Chicago Tribune),
comes a bittersweet novel about the "other woman" in every marriage....
the Mother-in-Law Diaries
Lulu Penfield has had more mothers-in-law than most people could have in three lifetimes. From the maven of household hints to the glacially polite New Zealander to a reputed witch who practices voodoo on an old Raggedy Ann doll, each one of her husbands' mothers has been a singularly memorable participant in Lulu's colorful marital misadventures.
Now Lulu herself has become a mother-in-law...and as the torch is passed, Lulu cracks away at the ageless mystery of bonding with her own son's wife -- and makes some surprising discoveries as she goes.
"Alternately hilarious and gut-wrenching" (The Austin Chronicle), the Mother-in-Law Diaries rings true for anyone who has ever said "I do" -- and who didn't realize that she was marrying not one person, but two.
Nan Goldberg Lulu's hilarious odyssey through the '60s and '70s mimics the rhythm of a yo-yo....Author Dawson's a real find.
American-Statesman, TX Dawson has a genuine talent for original (and often comedic) descriptions of people and events, for lush, evocative images of places....Dawson's characters are lovingly flawed....
The Bloomsbury Review The Mother-in-Law Diaries is a visionary work....Dawson...lends foresight and imagination to a novel a is also superbly written....Her characters are offbeat and entertaining. Her insights are memorable, her writing pithy. In a story that spans close to 20 years, there doesn't seem to be an ounce of wasted wit.
Library Journal Lulu's mothers-in-law [are] each brilliantly portrayed....
Lulu's hilarious odyssey through the '60s and '70s mimics the rhythm of a yo-yo....Author Dawson's a real find.
The Oxford American As real and unpredictably satisfying as marriage itself.
Publishers Weekly (starred review) Candid, irreverent, funny, and poignant....A fresh look at marriage...through the eyes of an engaging heroine.
Houston Chronicle Dawson's writing could not be more entertaining.
About the Author
Carol Dawson is the author of three previous novels --- Body of Knowledge, Meeting the Minotoaur, and The Waking Spell -- and Job, a book of poetry. She lives in Austin, Texas.