Lori (Laughter and Tears), a novel by award-winning author Charlene Wexler, has been re-released by a new publisher, Speaking Volumes.
Lori is a family saga about a clash of cultures, a domineering mother-in-law, an alcoholic husband, a fatally ill child, the possibility of economic ruin—and friendship and redemption.
The sheltered, comfortable, liberal upbringing Lori undergoes in Chicago’s North Shore suburbs did not prepare her for marriage into the difficult and quirky working class family of her husband, Jerry, or for the sweeping societal and social changes of the last quarter of the 20th century.
Lori deals with relationships between family and friends, divorce, alcoholism, infidelity, homosexuality, the judicial system, the Holocaust, and financial booms and busts. Most important, it deals with cancer from the points of view of both the victim and the survivors.
Lori’s seemingly perfect suburban world is in constant peril. Fortunately, her lifelong best friend, Adele, is there every step of the way to provide support and advice—until Adele faces her own tragedy. When separated from Adele by thousands of miles, Lori also finds she can count on her new friend, Rain—an ex flower-child with a surprising connection to Lori’s past that holds the key to Lori’s future.
Lori is the story of a woman gaining strength she never knew she could achieve, and of victory over adversity—a story with tragedies and triumphs to which every reader will be able to relate.
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“I’m thrilled that Speaking Volumes has decided to publish Lori,” Wexler said. “Speaking Volumes is a great publisher, and I know readers will enjoy the book.”