Single-parent families -- fiction

Grime and Punishment

By Jill Churchill

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It's So Hard to Kill Good Help These Days. . .

With three kids to raise on her own, Jane Jeffry sometimes needs a hand with the housework. But many of her complaining neighbors believe that the Happy Helper cleaning lady they all share wouldn't know a dustball if she was choking on it. That hardly seems reason enough, however, to do the disreputable domestic in.

So when the charwoman in question is discovered strangled to death with a vacuum cleaner cord, Jane decides to dig up the real dirt--if the tenacious single mom can find any time to spare between her PTA meetings and car-pooling duties. But despite her busy schedule, Jane is determined to tidy up the whole murderous mess--even if it means provoking a killer who may live as close as next door.

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Sweet Love

By Sarah Strohmeyer

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Julie Mueller, once a brilliant local television reporter, has been fired for the sin of being forty. Broke, divorced, unemployed, and struggling to raise a teenage daughter alone, she had given up on happiness until she receives for Mother's Day four dessert classes that spark not only a new burst of culinary creativity but a burning passion for one of her fellow students, Michael Slayton, a true love she let slip away.
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Amy and Isabelle

By Elizabeth Strout

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"Sixteen-year old Amy has the usual problems with her single mom. Amy's affair with her math teacher creates problems that ripple outward from their little family and seem to affect the whole town. A lyrical look at a difficult topic."
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Recipes from the Dump

By Abigail Stone

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A single mother living next to a garbage dump in Vermont copes with the stresses of dating, working, and mothering with her own unique recipes, such as Sweet Vacation Pie and Consumer Cry Croissants.

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