The Hole We’re In

Highbridge Audio. Feb. 2023. 9:02 hrs. ISBN 9781696610971. $24.99. F
Zevin (Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow) follows the ups and downs of a family on the brink of financial and personal disaster. Roger Pomeroy, a former Seventh-Day Adventist pastor, goes back to school to earn a doctorate, leaving his wife, Georgia, to support the family. Her plan is to live on credit, even opening credit cards in her children’s names. Meanwhile, their eldest daughter, Helen, is getting married, and their youngest daughter, Patsy, joins the army to pay for college. Roger and Georgia turn to their strict faith for comfort, but it is a source of contention for the adult children, who must decide how many of their parents’ beliefs they are willing to take on. The family ends up in one predicament after another; their lives are messy and exasperating but also deeply relatable. Wilson’s narration conveys the humor and compassion in Zevin’s story as she portrays one perspective and another throughout the family’s travails.
VERDICT Though the Pomeroys are profoundly flawed and often misguided, they are characters to root for. A sensitive and astute book that is recommended for fans of Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s The Nest or Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere.
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