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Grandmother Divided by Monkey Equals Outer Space by Nora Chassler
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Grandmother Divided by Monkey Equals Outer Space by Nora Chassler

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 April 2015 - Book of The Month

"New York City, 1982. The Martians – Carrie, Eli, their mother Viv and her teenage boyfriend, Arnie – live in a one-bedroom apartment on the Upper West Side. Viv smokes marijuana continually,  laying out her bizarre version of reality to anyone who will listen. Eleven year-old Carrie’s budding OCD manifests in attention to detail at the expense of the big picture. Her angry older brother Eli just wants to make it to a showing of The Shining that isn’t sold out. Around the corner - 'above the smaller dry cleaners’ -  the psychic Miss Rosa’s neon rose glows above the street. Keener on recounting the past than predicting the future, Miss Rosa (a.k.a. Phoebe Curtis) befriends the Martians one by one, and shares a part of her story with each of them – a story that resonates disturbingly with their own lives. But the Martians have other things to worry about: can Carrie afford a Red Devil costume for the Halloween parade? Who really has the longest fry? And how will Viv buy pot and pay the rent."
A bloody awesome novel with a wonderful sense of time and place. The characters are so well developed and believable, I was particularly drawn to Carrie and her constant struggles. It's tragic, funny, uplifting and the story (which is set over only a few days) will have you hooked. 
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