If at age thirty you sleep in a room with bunk beds, share a tiny bathroom with your sister, and eat dinner with the parents every night, you’ve hit rock bottom. That your sister suffers the same humiliation is cold comfort.
In Jennifer’s Close’s new novel, The Smart One, the Coffey girls regress. Martha has a breakdown and is reduced to kaki duty at J Crew. Claire breaks up with her fiancé, is homeless and unemployed. Even baby brother Max needs asylum. Out of options, they all go home.
Where Martha irritates her therapist and attempts to resuscitate her nursing career.
Where Claire takes up with the “cool” boy from high school who lives in his parents’ basement.
Where Max brings his gorgeous girlfriend.
Where Weezy (mom) struggles with wedding blog addiction and compulsively lists.
Where Will (dad) is in disbelief.
Where old grudges, little hurts and stunted expectations nestle in the corners and are eventually swept aside by care and humor.
Smart and funny, this is an excellent beach or airplane book.