Nikki Amdur
May 23, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Bed & Breakfast

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Lois Battle
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B

Stuffing the Christmas turkey with Prozac, as one character in Bed & Breakfast by Lois Battle suggests, might make life easier for Josie Tatternall, a military widow who’s invited her estranged family home for the holiday season. Anything to calm the tensions and resentments among her daughters: an unmarried New York editor afraid of fading ”like an old Polaroid,” an advice columnist who’s ”a born sucker,” and a dutiful housewife who stores her downers in a jar labeled ”Santa Fe Special Chilies.” With the strength of ”roots deeper than a live oak’s,” Josie supports their painful journeys and makes an audacious trip herself. B

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