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Title:
If you were here
Author:
Lancaster, Jen, 1967-
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Publication Information:
New York : New American Library, [2011]

©2011
Physical Description:
306 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
"If You Were Here follows Amish-zombie-teen- romance author Mia and her husband Mac (and their pets) through the alternately frustrating, exciting, terrifying-but always funny-process of buying and renovating their first home in the Chicago suburbs that John Hughes's movies made famous. Along their harrowing renovation journey, Mia and Mac get caught up in various wars with the homeowners' association, meet some less-than-friendly neighbors, and are joined by a hilarious cast of supporting characters, including a celebutard ex- landlady. As they struggle to adapt to their new surroundings- with Mac taking on the renovations himself- Mia and Mac will discover if their marriage is strong enough to survive months of DIY renovations"--Amazon.com.
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English
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ISBN:
9780451234384
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Watch a video The fiction debut of the New York Times bestselling author of My Fair Lazy .

Told in the uproariously entertaining voice readers have come to expect from Jen Lancaster, If You Were Here follows Amish-zombie-teen- romance author Mia and her husband Mac (and their pets) through the alternately frustrating, exciting, terrifying-but always funny-process of buying and renovating their first home in the Chicago suburbs that John hughes's movies made famous. Along their harrowing renovation journey, Mia and Mac get caught up in various wars with the homeowners' association, meet some less-than-friendly neighbors, and are joined by a hilarious cast of supporting characters, including a celebutard ex- landlady. As they struggle to adapt to their new surroundings- with Mac taking on the renovations himself- Mia and Mac will discover if their marriage is strong enough to survive months of DIY renovations.


Author Notes

Jen Lancaster was born in November 1967. After graduating with a B. A. in political science, she worked for an HMO and then at a technology company. In December 2002, after being unemployed for over a year, she launched a website to air her frustrations about unemployment and it gained popularity quickly. Her first book, Bitter Is the New Black, was published in 2005. Her other works include Bright Lights, Big Ass; Such a Pretty Fat; Pretty in Plaid; My Fair Lazy; Jeneration X; If You Were Here, and the Tao of Martha.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Booklist Review

Popular memoirist Lancaster turns to fiction with this humorous tale of one couple's attempt to renovate their dream house. Mia and Mac decide to forsake the city of Chicago for upscale suburb Abington Cambs. Mia is over the moon when she learns that a house straight out of John Hughes' movie Sixteen Candles is on the market. Sure, it needs some work, but Mia refuses to let that deter her. As soon as she and Mac move in, they find themselves in a war with termites, which threaten to bring their dream home down around them. To make matters worse, their vapid former landlord has blackballed them, making it impossible for the couple to find a contractor. Mia starts to visit Hughes' grave, hoping that she isn't going to lose the house she's come to love, or her marriage, which is starting to collapse under the weight of the stress she and Mac are facing. Lancaster's snappy debut will appeal to anyone who has ever fallen under the spell of a fixer-upper.--Huntley, Kristin. Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

House-proud? For Mia and Mac, it's more like house-crazed after they're forced into a hunt for a better, safer, and more perfect home by a crazed landlady and a firebombing graffiti moron. So begins the laugh-out-loud travails of this smart if hapless Chicago couple-she a writer of John Hughes-inspired teenage angst set among the Amish, and he, an impossibly forgiving partner. Lancaster keeps the action fast and funny with a big, rollicking cast-Mia's grandma Babcia, who runs a Polish cleaning lady syndicate; best friends Tracey and Kara, who share Mia's adoration of all things John Hughes; neighbors from hell; and, of course, Hughes himself, who, when not cited, is spoken to by Mia as she struggles through home renovation, career maintenance, and regular ol' relationship stuff. It helps to know the oeuvre of the prolific Breakfast Club genius, but it's innocence that Lancaster is mostly concerned about in this rambunctiously related (it's footnoted) yarn about finding a home and making it your own. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.