New Book: Separated, Acting Badly by Barbara Flores. The Bad-Behavior-Mom Every Mother Will Love
For fans of Elizabeth Berg (Open House), Elizabeth Bucher (Revenge of the Middle-age Woman) and Nora Ephron (Heartburn). This life-affirming memoir proves the bonds of family can survive even its most threatening challenges: infidelity, bi-cultural chasms, and Viagra.
By: Barbara Flores
Well meaning friends offer support but she's caught between her well-to-do suburban friends who egg her on to "forget that no-good cheater," and her dear Hispanic amigas who urge her to lure him back home with homemade enchiladas, rosary petitions, and if all else fails, witchcraft.
When Barbara's twenty-something son Miguel runs out of the house to teach his sister's abusive boyfriend, Jesse, a lesson, Barbara, a zen-reading professed pacifist, realizes she pushed her son into a dangerous street. Miguel can't back down. It's a matter of Latino family honor."
"Miguel whips past me on the lawn, disappearing into the night wearing only his boxers and wife beater, a lightning flash in his eyes. Oh God, help us. I did it. I unleashed it—the mania gene. Invincible. Grandiose. All-powerful. Knowing no fear. The gene I gave him. The gene, in times of war, that you hope is on your side. Jesse, being merely ADHD, is no match for bipolar."
The story is simultaneously irreverent, funny, wise, and at times heartbreaking, yet for anyone who has experienced betrayal, abandonment, divorce, and BBS (Bad Mother Syndrome), Separated, Acting Badly is a reminder that, indeed, laughter is the best medicine.
"…the wild events–hair-
".. full of life, and the results are vivacious, often hilarious, and never less than engaging." —Phillip Lopate
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