Perfectly Miserable: Guilt, God and Real Estate in a Small Town

Perfectly Miserable: Guilt, God and Real Estate in a Small Town

Sarah Payne Stuart


A wryly comedian memoir that examines the pillars of latest England WASP culture—class, historical past, kinfolk, funds, envy, perfection, and, after all, actual estate—through the lens of moms and daughters.

At eighteen, Sarah Payne Stuart fled her mom and all of the different disapproving moms of her too-perfect native land of harmony, Massachusetts, purely to come back years later while she had youngsters of her personal. no matter if to defy the former iteration or ultimately earn their approval and input their ranks, she hurled herself into upper-crust domesticity complete throttle. within the two decades Stuart spent again in her hometown—in a chain of ever extra awesome homes in ever grander neighborhoods—she used to be compelled to hook up with the cultural culture of guilt and incorrect parenting of a protracted legacy of neighborhood, literary ladies from Emerson’s spouse, to Hawthorne’s, to the main well-known and implementing of all of them, Louisa may well Alcott’s iconic, guilt-tripping Marmee.

When Stuart’s personal mom dies, she realizes that there's nobody left to approve or disapprove. And so, together with her all of sudden grown kids fleeing as she herself as soon as did, Stuart leaves her fatherland for the ultimate time, bidding goodbye to the comfortable beliefs invented for her by way of Louisa may possibly Alcott such a lot of years in the past, that can or won't ever were established actually.

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