First, I must confess to committing a fundamental error with this book – I gave it away before I wrote my review. I couldn’t help myself. I thought the book was so funny and so poignant that I had to give it to a friend who I thought would appreciate it. Now, I find myself unable to quote, which is a real shame.
But that said, I must tell you all to go out and get this book. Laurie Perry, aka Crazy Aunt Purl, is hysterical. When this book came from Bookmooch on Thursday, I had every intention to save it until the summer.
But then, I had one of those days when I felt like getting drunk, I was highly aware that I am divorced, and well, I have three cats, so you can see how that third part came into play. So I started to read it in the bathtub with a cup of hot cocoa by my side (the wine seemed a bad idea given my mood). . . .
Then I kept reading it in bed; then I dozed off only to be woken by the phone. When I couldn’t get back to sleep after the phone call, I read more. Finally, I slept, then woke up and finished the book that morning. I haven’t read a book that fast in a long time. And it felt great.
Perry’s style is both witty and honest. She is able to make fun of herself while also keeping her reader clear on that fact that she is in pain. She talks about the way her friends came through for her after her husband left; she discusses how she came to knit as a way of giving herself therapy; she laments her loneliness in her marriage and tells how she was lonelier married than single (boy, did that one hit home!), and all in all, she shows us all that people can recover, from almost anything.
And I’m so glad to know that this book wasn’t the end of my time with Perry. She runs a hilarious blog that I just checked out this morning to see her story of her smog check that she failed, “And cried and then the guy at the smog check station was placed in the unenviable position of having to comfort a bawling hysterical divorcing woman with car problems and a fear of failure. It was nice as you can imagine.” See what I mean – so human and so funny!!
So check out the book and the blog. And remember, as I did in the reading, that sometimes you have to laugh at the pain to walk through it.
– Drunk, Divorced, and Covered in Cat Hair by Laurie Perry