Today's contest involves "resummarizing" one of the books I am reading during the Bout of Books Read-a-thon 7.0. I guess it's kind of like writing new copy for the jacket flap.
Here's my entry for Elsewhere by Richard Russo.
In this hilarious and heartbreaking memoir, Russo describes the never-ending frustrations of growing up with a mother who is "nervous." His mother is constantly changing the narrative of her life to fit her shifting moods and her love/hate relationship with her hometown of Gloversville, New York. Russo, ever the dutiful son, accommodates his anxiety-ridden mother throughout his entire life, nearly losing his wife in the process. Not until his own daughter is diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder after his mother's death does he realize what demons his mother had been dealing with and begin to see her personality in a whole new light.
Julie Richie is a mother and writer who was inspired to write by the book Beat the Turtle Drum by Constance C. Greene when she was eleven years old.