Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners
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Best Books of Fall 2018 Selection by PopSugar "Stunning... An intricately satisfying story about love and understanding that is full of both nostalgia and surprising optimism." —Kirkus Reviews"A propulsive and endearing debut." —J. Ryan Stradal, New York Times bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great MidwestA formidable matriarch learns the hard way that no family is perfect in this witty, sparkling debut novelDearest loved ones, far and near—evergreen tidings from the Baumgartners!Violet Baumgartner has opened her annual holiday letter the same way for the past three decades. And this year she's going to throw her husband, Ed, a truly perfect retirement party, one worthy of memorializing in her upcoming letter. But the event becomes a disaster when, in front of two hundred guests, Violet learns her daughter Cerise has been keeping a shocking secret from her, shattering Violet's carefully constructed world.In an epic battle of wills, Violet goes to increasing lengths to wrest back control of her family, infuriating Cerise and snaring their family and friends in a very un-Midwestern, un-Baumgartner gyre of dramatics. And there will be no explaining away the consequences in this year's Baumgartner holiday letter...Full of humor, emotion and surprises at every turn, Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners brings to life a remarkable cast of quirky, deeply human characters who must learn to adapt to the unconventional, or else risk losing one another. This is the story of a family falling to pieces—and the unexpected way they put it all back together.
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Best Books of Fall 2018 Selection by PopSugar
"Stunning... An intricately satisfying story about love and understanding that is full of both nostalgia and surprising optimism." —
Kirkus Reviews
"A propulsive and endearing debut." —J. Ryan Stradal,
New York Times bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest
A formidable matriarch learns the hard way that no family is perfect in this witty, sparkling debut novel
Dearest loved ones, far and near—evergreen tidings from the Baumgartners!
Violet Baumgartner has opened her annual holiday letter the same way for the past three decades. And this year she's going to throw her husband, Ed, a truly perfect retirement party, one worthy of memorializing in her upcoming letter. But the event becomes a disaster when, in front of two hundred guests, Violet...
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Best Books of Fall 2018 Selection by PopSugar
"Stunning... An intricately satisfying story about love and understanding that is full of both nostalgia and surprising optimism." —
Kirkus Reviews
"A propulsive and endearing debut." —J. Ryan Stradal,
New York Times bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest
A formidable matriarch learns the hard way that no family is perfect in this witty, sparkling debut novel
Dearest loved ones, far and near—evergreen tidings from the Baumgartners!
Violet Baumgartner has opened her annual holiday letter the same way for the past three decades. And this year she's going to throw her husband, Ed, a truly perfect retirement party, one worthy of memorializing in her upcoming letter. But the event becomes a disaster when, in front of two hundred guests, Violet learns her daughter Cerise has been keeping a shocking secret from her, shattering Violet's carefully constructed world.
In an epic battle of wills, Violet goes to increasing lengths to wrest back control of her family, infuriating Cerise and snaring their family and friends in a very un-Midwestern, un-Baumgartner gyre of dramatics. And there will be no explaining away the consequences in this year's Baumgartner holiday letter...
Full of humor, emotion and surprises at every turn, Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners brings to life a remarkable cast of quirky, deeply human characters who must learn to adapt to the unconventional, or else risk losing one another. This is the story of a family falling to pieces—and the unexpected way they put it all back together.
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        May 1, 2018

        Blithely penning her annual holiday letter while planning her husband's retirement party, Violet is in for a surprise: daughter Cerise uses the event to announce before 200 guests that she and partner Barb are having a baby. A debut from ScaryMommy.com humorist Anthony; with a booming 100,000-copy first printing.

        Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        July 2, 2018
        Anthony’s enjoyable debut depicts the dysfunctional, touchingly flawed Baumgartner family of St. Paul, Minn. As Violet Baumgartner sits down to write her annual Christmas letter, she thinks back on 2017, a year in which most of the excitement comes from her husband Edward’s retirement party, where a family friend, Kyle, reveals that Violet’s daughter, Cerise, is pregnant in front of the hundreds of guests. Thirty-year-old Cerise is a lesbian, and her desire to keep the identity of the father a secret sparks rampant gossip. Soon after the party, Violet collapses over the stress of the event and, during her convalesce, Cerise begins to get closer to her mother. But having her daughter around the family more doesn’t fix Violet’s concerns. Meanwhile, Violet begins to realize that her perfect image of the family might have been distorted, and the truth might be more beautiful than her carefully constructed facade. Anthony playfully uses different point of views to reveal many perspectives on the family, and the interspersing of Christmas cards from years past and news clippings adds texture. Although a subplot involving Kyle and his fiancée is left frustratingly incomplete, the evolution of Violet and Cerise’s relationship satisfyingly leads to the revelation of long-held secrets. Anthony paints a complex portrait of a matriarch struggling to give up control over her daughter’s life, and strengthening her family in the process.

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        August 15, 2018
        A stodgy Midwestern socialite is forced to re-evaluate many of her deeply held beliefs in this stunning debut.Violet Baumgartner has been crafting an annual Christmas letter for the past three decades, providing detailed updates about the goings-on in the picturesque life of the Baumgartner family. This year's letter is particularly exciting because Violet's doting husband, "dear Ed," is retiring from his lifelong career as a medical researcher. While Ed spent most of his married years toiling away in the lab, Violet has thrown herself into leadership roles in her church community as well as various charitable endeavors. Most of all, Violet has enjoyed raising her now-grown daughter, Cerise. As is her way, Violet has given 110 percent to planning a spectacular formal retirement party for Ed, with every detail choreographed. Unfortunately, when the party occurs, the local celebrity who has come to speak about Ed also reveals during her toast that Cerise and her female partner, Barb, are expecting a baby. Violet is flummoxed that her daughter is pregnant and even more so by the fact that she doesn't know how the baby was conceived or who the father might be. She faints in front of their party guests, cracks her skull, and is rushed to the hospital. Thank goodness Ed is no longer working so he is home to care for Violet, whose slow recuperation leaves her unable to micromanage every aspect of her family's life. Even so, Violet embarks on a quest from her recovery bed to unearth the identity of her grandbaby's father, risking her own relationship with her daughter in the process. Violet also inadvertently discovers many secrets about the members of her family and her community during her investigation, which threatens to further derail her overly quaint existence. This is a complicated novel full of subtle humor, multidimensional characters, and unexpected twists.An intricately satisfying story about love and understanding that is full of both nostalgia and surprising optimism.

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