finished reading

It's a character-driven story about Susan and the themes range from sibling rivalry, alcoholism, dementia, grief, lost love, inheritance disputes, single parenthood, adoption, and mature age pregnancy. Although Susan's idiosyncratic world is black and white, it turns out that no one is all good or all bad. The secondary characters are well done--the estranged brother, the flustered single-mom neighbor, the former roommate, the aunt and cousins, and the unlikely romantic interests.

From the publisher:
For Susan Green, messy emotions don’t fit into the equation of her perfectly ordered life. She has a flat that is ideal for one, a job that suits her passion for logic, and an “interpersonal arrangement” that provides cultural and other, more intimate, benefits. But suddenly confronted with the loss of her mother and the news that she is about to become a mother herself, Susan’s greatest fear is realized. She is losing control.

Enter Rob, the dubious but well-meaning friend of her indolent brother. As Susan’s due date draws near and her dismantled world falls further into a tailspin, Susan finds an unlikely ally in Rob. She might have a chance at finding real love and learning to love herself, if only she can figure out how to let go.

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