As the sisters are faced with hormonal surges, new romances, and a calcium enriched diet, they are forced to navigate this new family dynamic and test their sisterly love in ways that keep the reader laughing out loud.
Clair’s reaction to her father’s surprising death when she was fourteen made her realize that life was out of control. Their father died while shoveling snow early one morning. Unfortunately, for Daddy Higgins, the snowplow failed to see him as he shoveled off the driveway and ran him down. Then to add insult to injury, it covered him with four feet of snow as it cleared the street. Later that day, while Clair and Grace where building a snowman, they found a little something that wasn’t a corncob pipe or two eyes made out of coal. It was Daddy Higgins wearing a confused and, it goes without saying, frozen expression on his face. After that, he forever became their “Popsicle.”
Clair decided shortly after to control everything she could control, so that she would be better prepared for any other nasty surprises along the way. She also came to the conclusion that snow was evil, snowplows were murderers, and that ice, even on the hottest Chicago day, was nobody’s’ friend. Now, the trouble with planning, and what Clair will learn, is that even the things we plan can’t be controlled, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Right now it’s 1991 and Clair had planned the following: at twenty-seven years of age she was to marry Ralph Macchio, he of “Karate Kid” fame; become an Accountant; make Vice President at some important accounting firm that had five names, such as Friedlander, Smith, Wong, O’Brien, and Dakota; become Partner at said accounting firm; and have exactly two kids by the time she was thirty-five. Clair had done the math and she knew that if she was even one millisecond off her plan she would never be able to retire at sixty-five. And really isn’t that what life was all about?
Now, Grace, she with the midnight black hair, had nothing planned. Well, apart from being a librarian, a chosen career because she reasoned that if she was on tour with her band Death Parade and they inexplicably got into some horrible fight and vowed never to play together again, she could find a job in whatever city she was in because—duh—
ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Melissa Peterman and Aimee Pitta
Melissa Peterman currently star's in ABC Family’s new hit series “Baby Daddy”. Peterman is best known for her starring role as "Barbra Jean" on the ever popular series "Reba." Peterman, who grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, made a name for herself when she was cast and performed in over 500 productions in the local production of “Tony and Tina’s Wedding” and went on to become a staple on the comedy and improv scene. Peterman produced and starred in CMT’s “Working Class”, host’s the networks #1 game show “The Singing Bee” and is currently working on her first comedy album for Big Machine Records. This past year Peterman toured with Reba McEntire, George Strait and Lee Ann Womack. Peterman made her feature film debut as Hooker #2 in the Coen Brothers’ Oscar winning movie "Fargo." Other film credits include "Dirty Politics," "40 is the New Dead," and "Here Comes the Boom."
Aimee Pitta, a native New Yorker, is an Award winning Writer/Producer and Marketing Executive with over 20 years experience creating cutting edge theatrical marketing campaigns for almost every major studio in Hollywood. Her skills as a writer and marketer have also allowed her to create a niche as one of the top film “retitlers”
Melissa and Aimee met at Book Club, which over the years devolved into Eating Club, and then, well completely disappeared, but they maintained their friendship and toyed with the idea of writing together. While working on some ideas Melissa and Aimee hit upon the concept for "Happily Ever Before" and when Aimee suggested that it might make a great book, Melissa gamely went along and the rest as they say is history.
Melissa currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and son. Aimee currently resides in Los Angeles with her couch and DVR.
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