and Other Inconveniences introduces readers to Emma London,
a woman who has had to overcome several obstacles to raise
her teenage daughter, Riley, and have a successful counseling
career. Most of these obstacles occurred during her childhood:
mother passed away, father abandoned her, and being raised
by her wealthy grandmother, Genevieve London. Genevieve kicked
Emma out of her home when she became pregnant while still
in high school. After several years of not speaking, Genevieve
reached out and asked Emma something that most people would
not be able to do-come back home. Will Emma accept the offer
and expose her daughter to Genevieve’s hateful ways?
of the characters in Life and Other Inconveniences
are well developed and separate from each other. Readers will
feel for each character and different points in the story.
Higgins does a great job in showing how each character played
a role in Emma’s upbringing and how she was able to
overcome so much to be successful and raise a teenager who
hasn’t gone off the rails. The setting is not as important
to the story other than it shows Emma’s life as a child
and how she lived in THE house in the neighborhood.
and Other Inconveniences shows that forgiveness can be
done after several years of no contact and how important family
is despite the difficulties that have occurred between family
members. It shows how things from the past affect the present.
Overall, this was an enjoyable, quick read.