LOSING ME by Sue Margolis

From the back cover:

Knocking on sixty, Barbara is too busy to find herself. But when she loses her job, everything changes. Exhausted, lonely, and unemployed, Barbara is forced to face her feelings and doubts. Then a troubled, vulnerable little boy walks into her life and changes it forever…

Her grandchildren’s babysitter, financially and emotionally supporting her grown children, caring for her elderly mother, teaching disadvantaged kids, 58-year old Barbara Stirling is many things to many people. But she completely loses her equilibrium when she is let go from her job due to budget cuts. Finances are already tight; Barbara’s husband Frank films documentaries and he is too busy trying to save the world to pay much attention to his wife and her needs, even when she begins to suffer panic attacks. Her hypercritical mother makes things worse and her best friend isn’t much help either; she has chosen to deal with her own sexless marriage by cheating on her husband with a gigolo.

Barbara finds purpose and direction by intervening in the life of Troy, one of her former students. His single mother, Tiffany, is impoverished and trying to raise Troy and his baby sister in the shadow of fear of an abusive ex-boyfriend. Barbara discovers strengths she did not know she possessed; by speaking up not for others she learns to speak up for herself and eventually she finds her life – albeit a different life – again. Alternately lighthearted and serious in tone, this book is highly relatable, especially those “women of a certain age” who find themselves caring for aging parents while helping adult children get established. Five stars! Highly recommended!

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