Sometimes entering the “real world” means moving in with your mother. Such is the premise for Autumn Chiklis’ debut novel, SMOTHERED (St. Martin).
Eloise “Lou” Hansen is graduating from Columbia University summa cum laude, and she’s ready to conquer the world. Just a few minor problems: she has no job, no prospects, and she’s moving back into her childhood bedroom. Lou is grimly determined to stick to a rigorous schedule to get a job and get out of her parents’ house. Shelly “Mama Shell” Hansen, on the other hand, is ecstatic, and just as determined to keep her at home. Who else will help her hide her latest binge-shopping purchases from her husband, go to SoulCycle with her, and hold her hand during Botox shots?
SMOTHERED is a hilarious roman à clef told via journal entries, text messages, emails, bills, receipts, tweets, doctor’s prescriptions, job applications and rejections, parking tickets, and pug pictures, chronicling the year that Lou moves back home after college. Told from Lou’s point-of-view, Smothered tells the story of two young(ish) women, just trying to get it right, and learning that just because we all grow up doesn’t mean we necessarily have to grow old. (After all, what is Juvaderm for?)
Autumn’s book is a lot of fun, perfect for the pool or the beach. I have to congratulate her on capturing my “worst nightmare” so well.
Autumn Chiklis. Autumn Isabella Chiklis played Cassidy Mackey, daughter of Detective Vic Mackey on The Shield. Casually, Vic Mackey is played by her real father, Michael Chiklis. Chiklis was born on October 9, 1993 in Canada while her father was filming “The Commish”.
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