Boomer Lit Friday

Perigee Moon Cover jpgI’m participating in a Boomer Blogging Extravaganza which will take place every Friday. It’s a way to bring attention to the new genre of books called Boomer Lit. Click here, Boomer Lit Friday  to go to your one-stop shopping boomer lit blog which will feature snippets from a variety of “baby boomer” novels. It’a a good place to get a taste of what boomer authors are writing about.

This excerpt takes place a few weeks after Luke’s divorce from Kate has been finalized. He has returned home to celebrate this first lonely holiday with his parents, and his sister, Barbara who is also divorced. Apparently Luke’s mother, Muriel, has opted to choose ease of meal preparation over proper nutrition. Both Luke and Barbara are shocked by what they find in her kitchen pantry.

On Christmas Eve, Luke and Barbara helped Muriel in the kitchen preparing the turkey, stuffing it with Barbara’s homemade dressing lest they be subjected to Stove Top. Luke peeled potatoes. Barbara and Luke had exchanged a look when Muriel had insisted that instant mashed tasted just as good. Apparently Muriel had succumbed to convenience in the kitchen and now used products which, if the labels were examined closely, would strike terror in the heart of anyone with even a stray thought of proper nutrition.

“Mom, really, these things in your pantry. Some of them are quite gross.” Barbara had a container of a microwavable concoction (no refrigeration needed!) in each hand. “This is on a par with say, spam.”

“There’s nothing wrong with spam,” Muriel said. “I’ve eaten it lots of times, and fried up it tastes like a hotdog.”

“My point exactly. Ever wondered what’s in a hot dog?”

“No, I haven’t. I buy all-beef franks and there’s not a thing wrong with them.” Muriel sniffed at being criticized for her non-label-watching behavior.

“All-beef lips, and eyelids, and assholes.” .

“Don’t buy anything with a label,” Luke said.

“That’s not possible. Especially not today,” Muriel said.

24 thoughts on “Boomer Lit Friday

  1. I feel for Muriel. At some point kids suddenly decide they have free rein to critique all thier parents’ choices, and it must be maddening.

  2. I like the writing but think you should do a sell or brief synop about the book up front before the snippet. I don’t have a clear idea what genre,this is.

  3. Great job setting the scene and the tone. A very believable scene. Setting aside my personal preference for fresh, local, vegan food, I do feel for Muriel being double-teamed by her children 😉 Will it turn out to be one of those painful family dinners? I know…tune in next week.

    • Thanks, Shelley/ I just had to get my personal digs in there, for processed foods. Some of it has little to no resemblance to real food. Some of the stuff that is sold in the name of “convenience” is enough to kill you.

  4. I rather like Stove Top myself, although I add fresh mushrooms and onions. Aside from that, this excerpt is true-to-life. Working in an animal shelter, I encounter many vegetarians, and we also have to figure out what diets are best for the cats and dogs. So we have many conversations that are similar to this one.

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