There's a Word for That

by Tanen, Sloane (Author)

ISBN: 9780316437172

An engrossing, hilarious, and tender chronicle of a wildly flawed family that comes together -- in rehab, of all places -- even as each member is on the verge of falling apart (Gretchen Rubin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project).

Winner of the 2019 NCIBA Golden Poppy Book Award for Fiction

Introducing the Kesslers: Marty, a retired LA film producer whose self-worth has been eroded by age and a late-in-life passion for opioids; his daughter Janine, former child star suffering the aftereffects of a life in the public eye; and granddaughter Hailey, the less-than twin sister, whose inferiority complex takes a most unexpected turn.

Nearly six thousand miles away, in London, celebrated author Bunny Small, Marty's long-forgotten first wife, has her own problems: a preposterous case of writer's block, a monstrous drinking habit, and a son who has fled halfway around the world to escape her.

When Marty's pill-popping gets out of hand and Bunny's boozing reaches crisis proportions, a perfect storm of dysfunction brings them all together at Directions, Malibu's most exclusive and absurd rehab center.

But for all their failings, the members of this estranged -- and strange -- family love each other. Rich with warmth, humor, and deep insight, There's a Word for That is a comic ode to surviving the people closest to us, navigating the perils of success, and taking one last look in the rearview mirror before mapping out the road ahead. Grove Atlantic Spring 2020

Format: Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Back Bay Books, April 2020

Product Dimensions: 8.3 L × 5.6 W × 1.2 H

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