What it all boils down to is the simple fact that my mother is insane. Not dangerously insane, I’ll grant you, but nonetheless completely bats..
Adam Chester’s mother is not just a helicopter mom, she takes it to a whole new level. And she manages to do it not just when her son is a small child, nor only when he lives near her. No, her nosy intrusion into Adam’s life is achieved largely through the US Postal Service and continues across state lines well into his adult life. She has opinions about his his roommates, the clothes he wears, his jobs, his wife and every other imaginable topic. As well, she is preoccupied with her own insurance and estate planning and regularly reminds Adam about these things. Her behavior is beyond neurotic and Adam’s exasperation is palpable. The overall effect would be bleak if it weren’t so darn funny. Not only does Adam’s writing make the material approachable, it was particularly delightful to listen to the audio version read by Adam and his mom. You can hear his annoyance, while she is strictly deadpan. On the whole this was a good bit of self-indulgent Schadenfreude. There is nothing like someone else’s misery to make me feel more satisfied with my own life, and at just 3 1/2 hours it was over before I could start to worry about them.
Check the BPL catalog for this title: S’Mother