Milk, Turkey, and Neurosis

or, How Mother (Almost) Ruined My Life

Fiction - Womens
232 Pages
Reviewed on 04/11/2014
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Author Biography

Grace Ann Feldman is an avid lover of cats, the kooky, and her mother, Mallory. She studied Creative Writing and English at Southern New Hampshire University and has written numerous articles in publications throughout the world. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with her cat Morgott and her boyfriend Herbie. This is her first novel.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite

If you’re looking for a laugh out loud story filled with cringe-worthy mishaps then Grace Feldman’s Milk, Turkey, and Neurosis should be right up your alley. As a twenty-almost-thirty-something struggling for independence, success, and love, Grace must contend with an overbearing mother who often offers the world’s strangest advice. We follow Gracie as she endures one bad date after another, all in the name of not being single when she goes home for Thanksgiving with her mom. Anyone who has ever been on a bad date — blind or otherwise — knows they are no laughing matter, unless of course it is happening to someone else. But when those bad dates include a cross-dressing cop and an overweight wannabe swinger, you know you’re in for enough laughs to cause a belly ache.

My initial reaction to Gracie in Milk, Turkey, and Neurosis was to dislike her. I mean, her mother obviously has a ton of issues yet she’s going through an endless line of bad dates to find a guy her mother likes? But as I got to know Gracie, I understand that she just wants to shut her mother up. Grace Feldman employs many flashbacks so we get a pretty accurate picture of just how awful Gracie’s mom truly is. She has no filter, strange philosophies on life, and she is relentless about her misguided beliefs. When one has a mother like Gracie’s, the best course of action is to simply grin and bear it and try to minimize the damage.

Feldman packed this story with very memorable and somewhat quirky characters, including a lazy and dumb cat, a sometimes mean and sometimes nice coworker, and a new and improved old friend who just might be the one.