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About the Book

There's a Word for That

A hilarious and moving chronicle of a wildly flawed family that comes together --- in rehab, of all places --- even as each member is on the verge of falling apart

Introducing the Kesslers: Marty, a retired LA film producer whose self-worth has been eroded by age and a late-in-life passion for opioids; his daughter Janine, a former child star suffering the aftereffects of a life in the public eye; and granddaughter Hailey, the "less-than" twin sister, whose inferiority complex takes a most unexpected turn. Nearly 6,000 miles away, in London, celebrated author Bunny Small, Marty's long-forgotten first wife, has her own problems: a "preposterous" case of writer's block, a monstrous drinking habit, and a son who has fled halfway around the world to escape her.

When Marty's pill-popping gets out of hand and Bunny's boozing reaches crisis proportions, a perfect storm of dysfunction brings them all together at Directions, Malibu's most exclusive and absurd rehab center.

But for all their failings, the members of this estranged --- and strange --- family love each other. Rich with warmth, humor and deep insight, THERE'S A WORD FOR THAT is a comic ode to surviving the people closest to us, navigating the perils of success, and taking one last look in the rearview mirror before mapping out the road ahead.

There's a Word for That
by Sloane Tanen

  • Publication Date: April 21, 2020
  • Genres: Comedy, Fiction, Humor
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books
  • ISBN-10: 0316437174
  • ISBN-13: 9780316437172