Terrible with Raisins by Lynne McVernon
Facing a big birthday can be daunting. The idea of hitting fifty devastates Clair; she’s done nothing remarkable with her life. Thanks to a beloved aunt, she escapes with daughter, Jess, seventeen, to the Greek island of Symi, unaware that ‘Symi changes lives’. Clair and Jess enjoy a blissful holiday – until THE BIRTHDAY arrives and, along with it, Howard, Clair’s ‘insignificant other’. Following the swift departure of said unwanted suitor, Clair discovers another ‘other’ – and so does Jess. Symi has changed their lives – for the moment.
Back home in England, life takes a downturn, leaving Clair beset by her difficult daughter’s problems, her impossible mother‘s demands and a feeling of disappointment over her absent ‘other’. Life isn’t just “…plain terrible, it’s fancy terrible, terrible with raisins in it”*.
As she wings back and forth across the Atlantic from England to Florida to Scotland, sorting family problems, her life seems to be on hold. But Symi has reawakened her artistic talent, making possible a future as fulfilling as the past was disappointing. Symi has changed her life and Clair has finally grown up.
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