Home Free: The Myth of the Empty Nest by Marni JacksonHome Free: The Myth of the Empty Nest by Marni Jackson

Home Free: The Myth of the Empty Nest

byMarni Jackson

Paperback | August 28, 2010

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From the author of the best-selling The Mother Zone, comes a comic narrative about an over-anxious mother and her twenty-something over-adventurous son.

Home Free is about the last secret lap of parenting: getting through your kids' twenties and learning how to let them go at the same time. The twentysomethings who invented the generation gap in the nineteen sixties have grown up to become hyperinvolved parents who can't stop worrying about their adult kids.

Many of the kids are still living in the basement, bussing tables instead of going to business school, and depending on their parents for emotional support. Just when they thought family life was on the wane, parents are back on deck with their children; at the same time many are often coping with their own frail or dying parents.

Is this the new, improved face of family, where kids still depend on their parents for stability, friendship and guidance in an increasingly unforgiving world? Or has this era of over-invested parents, living vicariously through the achievements of their children, bred dependency in the new generation?

Home Free is an intimate, candid, reflective and comic memoir that focuses on this new and undefined stage of family life: the challenges of helping our kids navigate their twenties - while learning how to let go of them at the same time.

Marni Jackson is a journalist, broadcaster and author. Formerly the Rogers Chair for Creative Writing at Banff and senior editor at The Walrus. Jackson has a wide range of experience in the Canadian media. She is the author of the bestselling The Mother Zone: Love, Sex and laundry in the Modern Family, as well as Pain: The Fifth Vital ...
Title:Home Free: The Myth of the Empty NestFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:August 28, 2010Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0887626165

ISBN - 13:9780887626166


Rated 5 out of 5 by from You must read this book!!! I don't have kids, so I was not sure I was the target audience for this book. But I have always loved Marni Jackson's writing. So I picked this book up and couldn't stop reading. It's ostensibly about Boomer parents and their 20-something kids but it is so much more. With wit and insight and the most delicious writing, Jackson allows readers into her life as a mother and a daughter. She takes her readers on an unsentimental, blisteringly honest journey through two generations of parenting. It might like familiar territory but with Jackson as our guide, the reader is in for a rich experience that doesn't end when you reach the last page. This is the kind of book you want to start again as so soon as you have finished it.
Date published: 2010-09-26

Editorial Reviews

The narrative skillfully weaves together segments about Casey's young adult years with flashbacks to Jackson's own childhood... - The Western Star