Everything is falling apart in Tig Monahan’s life. Her mother’s memory is going (dementia), her boyfriend is gone (Hawaii), her absent sister shows up long enough to have a baby (and then leaves again, without the baby) and her job as a therapist has disappeared after a contentious couples’ therapy session goes horribly and honestly sideways. Oh, and then there’s the whole thing about the family secret that nobody saw coming.
But Tig is a survivor (she hopes) who manages to stumble and step her way to a new job, new truths, new outlooks and a new lease on life.
The title attracted me to Ann Garvin’s I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around. The novel just gets better from there.
Be sure before you decide you can’t read another book about a parent diagnosed with Alzheimer’s that you scratch deep. No, a little deeper than that. Come on, you can scratch a bit deeper yet.
Because after scratching deep enough, you will find realistically human characters, who make the same mistakes we all make, and then have to quickly figure out how to turn that mistake around.
Ann Garvin writes with compassionate humor about the tough times encountered in relationships–family relationships between parents and their children, between friends, between spouses, and at work. The characters are so realistic you will find yourself not wanting to put the book down. In fact, some of the characters you’ll be wishing you could hang out together.
What Ann Garvin has created with I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around is, for me at least, a new genre–sad comedy. It’s that story filled with the sadness of life but with enough quirkiness in the characters to make it comedic in flavor.
Don’t miss this great read. Save a Saturday, find a warm blanket, a cup of coffee or beverage of choice, and a comfortable sofa. Curl up and read the day away!
About the Author
Ann Garvin is an Easterner who lives in the Midwest and a fiction writer who makes a living as a scientist and educator. While working as a nurse she completed her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in exercise psychology publishing extensively in the area of exercise, mental health and media and later became a prize winning short story writer.
Decades of teaching health and studying what makes people tick proved a perfect backdrop for her novels I LIKE YOU JUST FINE WHEN YOU’RE NOT AROUND (Tyrus), THE DOG YEAR & ON MAGGIE’S WATCH (Berkley Penguin). Ann, a natural storyteller, is a sought after speaker and educator at conferences where writing, health and human nature is discussed. Founder of The Tall Poppy Writers & Co-Founder of The Fifth Semester
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