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The Trouble With You    by Ellen Feldman order for
Trouble With You
by Ellen Feldman
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Griffin, 2024 (2024)
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* * *   Reviewed by Barbara Lingens

In McCarthy-era New York, radio actors and writers try to keep themselves afloat. Fanny, a recent widow, must write her stories in secret. Also, she and her daughter Chloe must balance between Mimi, the correct sister, and Aunt Rose, the smart daredevil. This makes for interesting reading.

Author Feldman makes sure we understand how difficult it was for women to have a career at that time. If a married woman worked, husbands felt they were being criticized for not being able to support their family. No matter what the career, the belief was that men could do it better. And perish the thought of women advancing to a supervisory position! As a result, the men who could be proud of women in the working world were few and far between, and they were cherished.

I loved the characters in this book, particularly Aunt Rose. She sounds like someone every family needs - a straight-shooter who sees through all nonsense. Both Ezra and Charles were also great characters—deeply caring men, who had completely different personalities that were a little bit different from what one could see about them at first.

I also loved that this is a book about family, about loving and caring for whom you belong to. And, of course, different people in the family have different ideas, which makes loving them so important and difficult at the same time.

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