The Timeling

"If bad luck had a beauty pageant, I'd be crowned Miss Doomed."

So maintains Lily Fatum, just your average 17-year-old head case, resigned to the fact that some people were just born under a lucky star.

Others, like her, well...not so much.

For Lily, going it alone wasn't so much a problem as a drag. With no mom, no dad, and an Alzheimered Nanna to care for, Lily knew that, even though destiny may have dealt her a crappy hand, it was up to her to make the best of it, despite her bad heart, bad luck, and just plain old bad karma.

But what if fate got it wrong? What if some unknowable force reshuffled the deck to give her the do-over of all do-overs: a chance to go back in time to 1968 and defy doom by actually becoming the mom she never knew? And, while Fate was at it, why not throw in a super-cute guy to really mix things up?

It would take the journey of two lifetimes (three, counting the guy) to uncover the truth that would change everything. Forever.

"As life-projects go," Lily thought "this one totally blows. But if Momma were walking around today, she'd probably say 'suck it up and deal.' Then again, that would make her a zombie. And this would be a totally different story."

Kind of.

Children are like roses, my mom explained to know-it-all me
The Boston Globe Magazine; online and in-print

There is an old maxim that says, "if you carry your childhood with you, you'll never become old."

But childhood memories have a habit of slipping into one's consciousness like a dentist's drill into a nerve.


Because, with age comes with wisdom.

And regret.

And it's never too late to say, "I'm sorry."   

Cujones and Cannolis

There's no such thing as a perfect mother--just one that's perfect for YOU. 

My mom was ahead of her time. Although she grew up on the Lower East Side in the early part of the previous century, her notions of feminism and financial independence were as modern as though she were a young woman of today.

She was a singular woman for the era. She had balls. Nothing stopped her. She persevered and she taught her children to persevere--no matter what.


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