And Then There's Margaret
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And Then There's Margaret

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Marriage and midlife can be difficult. But when you add a controlling, manipulative and self-absorbed mother-in-law into the mix, things can get worse-much worse. Toxic, even.

When Allison Montgomery's beloved father-in-law and long-time confidant passes away, her mother-in-law, Margaret, 'temporarily' moves in. From rearranging the furniture and taking over the kitchen, to undermining and embarrassing Allie at every turn, including funding her daughter's escape, throwing a hissy fit at the mall, and publicly equating Allie's glass of Chardonnay to full blown alcoholism, Margaret turns Allie's life upside down causing her to bounce between a sincere desire to support her grieving mother-in-law and an intense urge to simply push her out of the nearest window.

Feeling annoyed, trapped and even a little childish, Allie struggles to avoid a complete meltdown with help from her fearless and audacious best friend, a plan for reinventing herself and enjoying a second act, and, yes, a few glasses of Chardonnay. Along the way, Allie discovers the reasons behind Margaret's attitude toward her all these years. Does it help? Maybe...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 258 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 16mm | 318g
  • English
  • 1684339936
  • 9781684339938
  • 1,726,822

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2022 Indie Book Awards Finalist - Chick Lit (Fiction)

2022 Maxy Awards Winner - Literary & Humor

"Carolyn Clarke's skillful and subtle storytelling in And Then There's Margaret, a playful coming-of (middle)-age novel, navigates a path that is funny without being absurd while creating a relatable narrator who encounters a magnificent little-old-lady menace." -IndieReader

"And Then There's Margaret by Carolyn Clarke is a captivating debut with a strong appeal for fans of literary and Women's fiction, a story that explores the relationship between two women as they navigate life after a painful loss." -The Book Commentary

"Funny and sharp...An often entertaining story of a middle-aged protagonist who finds a new connection with her in-law and a new lease on life." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rife with witty banter, Carolyn Clarke's debut laugh-out-loud family dramedy, And Then There's Margaret feels like a much beloved night out with friends. -ChickLit Cafe

"It's a well-written story with crisp, clear dialog that engages you from the start..." -Readers' Favorite

"Loved it! Carolyn Clarke weaves the plot with skill, and her characters are all convincing, with their flaws and quirks. Moreover, the wittiness of the writing enlightened the story. Here, day-to-day life is never boring." -Reedsy Discovery

"And Then There's Margaret is a lively, satirical, contemporary debut by Carolyn Clarke, a talented writer (and also a heralded book blogger)." -Marilyn Simon Rothstein, Author of Crazy to Leave You and Lift & Separate
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