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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (199 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ruth Pennebaker Narrator: Barbara McCulloh Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2017 ISBN: 9781461849766
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A prolific writer and blogger, Ruth Pennebaker has also contributed to the New York Times, the Dallas Morning News, Redbook, and other publications. Her adult fiction debut, Women on the Verge stars divorcee Joanie Pilcher. Already stressed to the limit, Joanie’s life is further complicated when her now cash-strapped mother comes to live with her and her teenaged daughter.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 2/14/2014

    " Not an funny as the reviews promised, but anyone with an aging mother or teen daughter will relate. Not as good an ending as I would have liked. I would have liked and epilogue. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terri | 2/7/2014

    " just started...looked fun, its a local author ! Not that great....the main character seems to be a whiny crybaby! Suck it up - its just life - I did like the way it ended though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maureen | 2/2/2014

    " The jacket made this sound completely different - more of a comedy but this was some pretty serious stuff. None of the characters was likeable and it just kind of ended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Buffy | 1/21/2014

    " Had a sort of dark undertone. I wouldn't read it again. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Allisson Seiler | 1/18/2014

    " Had high hopes for this ... it wasn't badly written just not well written. I tried to care for the characters for 84 pages but in the end thought there were better things to read or re-readThree Women: A Novel which also deals with three generations of women and the intricacies of their lives. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maria | 12/15/2013

    " Not a really good book, forgettable and very cliche. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 12/11/2013

    " The delights and challenges of three women from three generations living together are highlighted. One is a morose teenager, one is the harried mom and the third is a grandmother trying to find herself. Funny and thought-provoking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 eb | 12/9/2013

    " A boring tale about a mother, a daughter, and a grandmother. There's some good, insightful stuff about teenagers, but the plot is perfectly predictable, and the prose is bad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mina | 11/24/2013

    " ok..moment of insightful humor but not a favorite. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joan | 11/15/2013

    " Meh. Not great, mind-blowing reading, but good enough to keep going.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charissa | 8/13/2013

    " Randomly picked it up at the library -- it barely kept my attention and nothing really ever happened. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/27/2013

    " Three stock characters behaving predictably. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen Ratkowski | 11/16/2012

    " Quick read - wasn't really crazy about the ending - felt like it just kind of left you hanging though......... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karenclifford61 | 9/4/2012

    " It wasn't until I finished the book that I realized the title was not referring to nervous breakdowns. Outside of the author, does anyone care about these characters? (certainly not me!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 7/23/2012

    " 3 generations of women living together and their problems- loved it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 6/4/2012

    " Can three generations of women live together? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 3/29/2012

    " I know the author's daughter so I wanted to read it. Very quick and easy read that had some humorous parts. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nancy | 3/16/2012

    " I did not like this book at all. The characters and the plot just didn't work for me. I couldn't wait for the story to end. I always finish a book even if I don't like it so I guess the best thing about it is that it is a quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 10/12/2011

    " Decent sardonic chick lit for when the mood strikes (or you've run out of other options). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marian | 9/13/2011

    " I love this book. The writing is wry, spare, and spot-on, and the alternating perspectives from three generations of women gives the story a richness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 9/7/2011

    " Decent sardonic chick lit for when the mood strikes (or you've run out of other options). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 8/30/2011

    " Quick read - wasn't really crazy about the ending - felt like it just kind of left you hanging though......... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maria | 8/27/2011

    " Not a really good book, forgettable and very cliche. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 7/17/2011

    " 3 generations of women living together and their problems- loved it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Schenley | 6/21/2011

    " Easy read that was entertaining. I liked the writing and I could imagine this being the life of a friend or someone I know. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charissa | 6/10/2011

    " Randomly picked it up at the library -- it barely kept my attention and nothing really ever happened. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 4/19/2011

    " I know the author's daughter so I wanted to read it. Very quick and easy read that had some humorous parts. "

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About the Author
Author Ruth Pennebaker

Ruth Pennebaker is an author, columnist, public radio commentator, and blogger. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, the Dallas Morning News, Texas Observer, Parents, Redbook, McCall’s, Cooking Light, and other nationwide publications. Ruth lives in Austin, with her mad-scientist husband. Her hobbies are reading, yoga, social criticism, and free-form worrying. A card-carrying member of the Chickasaw Nation, Ruth was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma, close to a refinery. She holds a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from Eckerd College and, for reasons that now elude her, a J.D. with honors from the University of Texas School of Law.

About the Narrator

Barbara McCulloh has appeared on Broadway as Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan and as Anna in The King and I. Her film and television credits include Law & Order: SVU, Another World, and Peter Pan. She has also done extensive work in regional theater and recorded dozens of audio books.