You and Me and Us

Morrow. Apr. 2020. 432p. ISBN 9780062934857. pap. $16.99. F
DEBUT Career mom Alexis Gold runs her own advertising agency. She was always more comfortable dealing with deadlines than changing dirty diapers or making school lunches. Her wonderful partner Tommy Whistler—a boy with which she grew up—has happily done the heavy lifting in raising their daughter CeCe. Thirteen-year-old CeCe would prefer a traditional family and wishes her parents would just get a divorce so she wouldn’t have to live with her mother, who seems to care more about her clients and employees than her family. When Tommy is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and decides to forgo treatment, neither Alexis nor CeCe knows how they will live without him. How can they survive with only each other? Written in alternating chapters narrated by Alexis and CeCe, this tale of love and loss will make readers think about what we hold dear and how far we’ll go to keep it.
VERDICT Those who love a poignant family drama will tear up as they consider how to navigate life without the one person who makes every day worth living. [See Prepub Alert, 10/14/19.]

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