Looking for a fun, laugh-filled novel full of heart that will run the gamut of emotions (but mostly you’ll be laughing)? Marilyn Simon Rothstein has outdone herself with Crazy to Leave You, her third novel published by Lake Union.
Flourishing in her career, forty-one-year-old Lauren Leo is on the road to her next long-dreamed-of successes. She’s in love. She’s finally minutes from being married. She can’t wait to have children. (Seriously, her bio-clock is deafening.) Just before she walks down the aisle at Temple Sons of Abraham synagogue, however, Lauren’s perfect-in-every-way sister, Stephanie, receives a text from Eric, the groom:
“Please tell Lauren I am too young (emotionally) to get married.”
Humiliated and devastated, there’s only one place where Lauren can escape so she won’t have to face the wedding guests. Of course, it’s the diner across the street because Lauren has spent a lifetime dieting, her weight bouncing like the spherical object she doesn’t want to become. (Her mother, naturally, always sees an opportunity to mention her weight. Lauren was thrilled to have achieved size 12 for her wedding.)
To add undo stress to massive injury, Lauren’s overbearing actress sister, Margo Lamour of soap opera fame, the sister who refused to show up for the wedding, arrives at Lauren’s tiny apartment, camps out like a female Pigpen, and declares that Lauren needs her.