Synopses & Reviews
A funny, entertaining novel of love and family for our times: a single woman who fears she's lost her chance at a family of her own, begins to accumulate an ad hoc one around her.
In the tradition of Elinor Lipman or Marisa de los Santos (Love Walked In), Flowers delivers a smart, witty, appealing story of love, family, and community that breaks the mold of the conventional love story-and will have readers cheering.
Everyone around Prudence Whistler, thirty-six, seems to be settling down. Her once single girlfriends have married and had babies. Her gay best friend is discussing marriage with his partner. Even her irresponsible younger sister, Patsy, is the single mother of a two-year-old. But when Pru panics at losing her mediocre boyfriend of two years-and begins to see the door to her traditional family life closing-she accidentally finds something even better: a new definition of family and happiness. First, it's the crazy cat who moves into her apartment. Then come Pru's headstrong sister and two-year-old niece. Then the niece's dog, the sister's ex-boyfriend, and, ultimately, Patsy and Pru's widowed mother. With the strength of her modern new household, Pru musters the confidence to open the dress shop she's always wanted in town-and discovers an extended family of sorts in the community of shop owners and devoted customers. It's only then that she ends up with the man of her dreams. Endearing, romantic, and satisfying, Nice to Come Home To is a charming, crowd-pleasing debut.
In a funny, entertaining novel of love and family, a single woman who fears she's lost her chance at a family of her own, begins to accumulate an ad hoc one around her.
Now in paperback: ?A lovely, funny story about the saving graces of surrogate families and unexpected love.? (New York Times bestselling author Lolly Winston)
At thirty-six, Prudence Whistler has begun to notice a trend of which she is not a part. Her girlfriends have tied the knot and had babies. Her gay best friend is discussing marriage with his partner. Even her irresponsible younger sister has become a single mom. So when Pru is dumped by her lackluster boyfriend of two years, she panics, fearing she?s lost her chance at the traditional family she?d always planned to have. But as she sets about changing her life, Pru begins accumulating an ad-hoc family around her, stumbling onto something better: a new definition of family and happiness, one that will inspire her to realize her dreams?and just may deliver true love in the bargain.
About the Author
Rebecca Flowers is the author of the novel Nice to Come Home To. She is an independent radio producer and commentator whose work has appeared on NPR's All Things Considered and Day to Day. A recipient of the DOnald Barthelme Prize for short fiction, she lives in western Massachusetts with her husband and two children.