Book Review – Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough

I received a copy of Ruth Pennebaker’s book, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough about 6 weeks ago to read and review. It took me a couple of weeks to get to it, but once I started it I really liked it. It follows a woman in her late 40’s as she tries to find herself after a divorce. She also is raising a teenaged daughter and caring for her elderly mother while reentering the workforce after years as a homemaker.

I found myself feeling things that the characters were feeling. There were parts that I was laughing out loud picturing the scene that was described by the author. I felt a connection with ‘Joanie’ the main character, probably because I have been in that position of raising my daughter while caring for my elderly Mother In Law and Grandmother at the same time. My only complaint with the book is that I don’t like how it ended. It seemed to leave the story unfinished, but maybe that was intentional? Overall, I enjoyed Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough! I will definitely be passing this book around my circle of friends for them to read and enjoy.

RUTH PENNEBAKER is the acclaimed author of three young adult novels and one collection of essays. Her writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News, Parents, Redbook, McCall’s, Cooking Light and other nationwide publications. She is currently a columnist for the Texas Observer, a commentator for KUT-FM,and host of the award-winning blog, The Fabulous GeezerSisters. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and emotionally unstable cat, Lefty. For more information, please visit

Disclaimer – I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.