Eve Mozell spends half of her life on the telephone, talking to her sisters and especially to her father, who, after a life of alcoholism, manic depression, intermittent affection, and constant telephoning, is finally, to everyones relief, going to die. Eves older sister, Georgia, the famous editor in chief of a womens magazine, is too busy to come home. Her younger sister, Madeline, an actress, is away on vacation. The caretaking falls to Eve, who is frightened of death, and a wreck about her own aging:. Today I couldnt remember why I went upstairs, she tells the doctor. Is that normal? Unable to find solace in her husband and exhausted from dealing with the exploits of her sixteen-year-old son and his girlfriend (along with her cat), she begins a friendship with another man, someone she has met on the telephone. Now Eve, the most down-to-earth member of her family, is in danger of becoming unhinged herself. To find where she belongs, she looks to the past, to the Mozell family history of three sisters who, after their mother left, had to raise not only themselves but their father too.
With an uncanny ability to make readers laugh at the painful, and cry as well, the author of How to Eat Like a Child and Teenage Romance or How to Die of Embarrassment now turns her pen on the baby boomers, in a funny, tender first novel about love, death, and the telephone.