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Fiction: Literary
Unabridged   7.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 08/07/2018


A Novel

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684414727
Digital Download ISBN:9781684414734


A humorous debut crossover young adult novel about what happens when entering the "real world" means moving back in with your mother, inspired by actress and celebrity Autumn Chiklis' real life.

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Eloise "Lou" Hansen is graduating from Columbia University summa cum laude, and she's ready to conquer the world. Just a few minor problems: she has no job, no prospects, and she's moving back into her childhood bedroom. Lou is grimly determined to stick to a rigorous schedule to get a job and get out of her parents' house. Shelly "Mama Shell" Hansen, on the other hand, is ecstatic, and just as determined to keep her at home. Who else will help her hide her latest binge-shopping purchases from her husband, go to SoulCycle with her, and hold her hand during Botox shots?

Smothered is a hilarious roman à clef told via journal entries, text messages, emails, bills, receipts, tweets, doctor's prescriptions, job applications and rejections, parking tickets, and pug pictures, chronicling the year that Lou moves back home after college. Told from Lou's point-of-view, Smothered tells the story of two young(ish) women, just trying to get it right, and learning that just because we all grow up doesn't mean we necessarily have to grow old. (After all, what is Juvaderm for?)


“Autumn Chiklis brilliantly captures the absurdity of truth in her first novel, Smothered. Treat yourself to a book that will have you crying with laughter as Autumn highlights the hilarious relationship between mother and daughter in a uniquely twenty-first-century way.” ―Michelle MacLaren, director of Modern Family

“Autumn Chiklis is a bright new voice in fiction, a hilarious and astute observer of all things fun and female. There isn’t a mother or daughter on earth who won’t fall in love with Autumn Chiklis and Smothered.” ―Randi Mayem Singer, screenwriter of Mrs. Doubtfire

"This hilarious debut, told in the appealing format of journal entries, text messages, emails, receipts, and more, will have readers laughing out loud at the situations and setbacks that find Lou..." —Booklist Starred Review

Author Bio

Autumn Chiklis is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California, where she studied theater and screenwriting. She's an actor (The Shield), stand-up comedian, and contributor to the Huffington Post. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.