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Club Sandwich [Paperback]

By Lisa Samson (Author)
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Item description for Club Sandwich by Lisa Samson...

Women of the sandwich generation--squeezed between the demands of raising young children and caring for an aging parent--build uncommonly deep friendships and faith.

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Hey, Friend-
Do you know what it's like give to 100 percent and still feel like it's not-and "you're" not-enough for anybody? To be caught between caring for an aging parent and raising young children? I lived in that place for four years.
Ivy Schneider lives in this place, too, and she isn't at all happy about it. Her husband Rusty spends ten months a year on the road singing in a gospel quartet, and her mom gets sicker every day, requiring increasingly more care and time. Ivy's dad took off years ago but still comes around-for free meals. Her brother and sister are more than happy to let responsibility rest on Ivy's shoulders. Maybe she could handle it all if only her darling three-year old terror, Trixie, would just "go" on the potty. Who will take care of Ivy while she takes care of the world?
No one, it seems. Then Ivy runs an ad in the paper to find folks like herself: women of the "sandwich generation," squeezed between the demands of raising young children and caring for an aging parent. Soon she and the other women of Club Sandwich are building uncommonly deep friendships, witnessing the reality that in fact "no" woman can be everything to everybody, and discovering firsthand that they can do more than they imagined possible with the help of each another and with a strong dose of faith.
If your life is about caring for others, I dedicate this book to you. Welcome to the club. You are most definitely not alone.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Club Sandwich by Lisa Samson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 05/02/2005 page 178
  • Ingram Advance - 06/01/2005 page 117
  • Christian Retailing - 06/06/2005 page 20
  • Library Journal - 06/01/2005 page 112

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Item Specifications...

Studio: WaterBrook Press
Pages   357
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.24" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.93"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 7, 2005
Publisher   WaterBrook Press
ISBN  1578568854  
ISBN13  9781578568857  

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More About Lisa Samson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lisa Samsonis the author of more than a dozen novels, including the Christy Award-winning Songbird, the critically acclaimed"Women s Intuition"and"Tiger Lillie."Her other titles include"The Church Ladies"and"The Living End."Lisa also serves as worship leader at her local church and volunteers as a creative writing instructor. She and her husband live with their three children in Maryland."

Lisa Samson currently resides in the state of Virginia. Lisa Samson was born in 1964.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Club Sandwich?

Beautiful Story  Apr 28, 2007
Sampson can pull a reader into the story so well. The characters are well rounded. It took a me a chapter or two to really get into it- once I was, I was sad it ended.
She writes my heart  Mar 19, 2007
I love Lisa Samson's books. Even though her heroines lead lives that are nothing like mine she still manages to find the beat of my heart and put it down in words so I can clearly see my strengths and my flaws. Reading her books is not only entertaining, it is rewarding and cathartic!
With a son off to college and ailing parents across the country, the theme of the book hit home. I love Lisa Samson and would purchase a Lisa journal of blank pages if need be.

Go out and pick up this book. Start your own club. But tell everyone about Lisa Samson and her terrific new book!

A humorous, and compassionate tale  Aug 4, 2005
In the opening chapter of CLUB SANDWICH, Ivy Schneider is off and running... her mouth.

"No one's ever accused me of being balanced. If childhood maps out future beliefs and actions, it's no wonder I veer to the right when walking down the sidewalk. If I spin, I twirl right. If I dance, my right foot leads. Perhaps my left-handedness dictates this bent, but I know better. I even look conservative with my understated pageboy, my Keds, and my sundresses. Now if I chose orthopedic sandals, I'd look like a member of PETA. And dreadlocks on this stark white woman? That might land me a delegate position to the Democratic National Convention."

In this rambling narrative style, Ivy continues to wax reminiscent about the Cold War, growing up in a fundamentalist Christian church, her mom's virtues, Stephen Tyler, and hot baths. In one fell swoop, author Lisa Samson provides a neatly developed character whose life is anything but. She's a mother of three, part-owner of the family's restaurant, and a columnist for the local paper. Her mother is elderly, her no-good father only comes around for free meals, her brother is a womanizer, and her sister is self-absorbed. Oh yeah. And her husband is never home. For the last three years he's spent ten months of the year on the road as a singer.

"I'm a little mad right now," Ivy tells us, also still in the first chapter. "I haven't heard from my husband, Rusty, in three days. Granted, he's busy singing tenor for a traveling gospel barbershop quartet, Heavenly Harmonies, but would it be so hard to turn on the blinkin' cell phone before the concert begins and just say hi?

Frankly, I'll take anger over dear any day. At least anger buffs you up.

Lemons out of lemonade. Hmm Well, let's see now. Three days incommunicado may just equal that new light fixture I want for the front porch. Oh yeah. Drink up, Rusty. I just won this one."

Ivy may have "won" that one, but her busy (and lonely) life is quickly stretched to the breaking point. Her mother falls and begins to suffer from dementia, so she moves in with the Ivy brood. Then the no-good dad needs a place to stay. And, wouldn't you know, so does Rusty's dad. Before you know it, Chez Schneider is a glorified boarding house and Ivy finds herself firmly sandwiched between serving the needs of her parents and the needs of her children.

It's from this predicament that the book derives its name. Samson says she was inspired to write the book, in part, because she too was caught in this sandwich for four years. But while Ivy does form a support group of women in similar situations, these characters remain in the margins, probably to the detriment of the book. It would have been nice to see and know more of them. As it is, the major players are Ivy and her family members. And Mitch, the old flame she considers reigniting in her husband's absence.

Some will find the narrative flow, which often resembles an ongoing dialogue between Ivy and herself, engaging. I found it scattered, an inadequate shortcut to character development. But the topics that CLUB SANDWICH tackles --- adultery, economic strain on marriages, caring for parents and kids, handling adult siblings, etc. --- are especially pertinent to many women today. Figuring out how to be a servant without getting stepped on is tricky, and Samson explores these tensions with compassion and humor.

--- Reviewed by Lisa Ann Cockrel
Quite Enjoyable!  Jul 15, 2005
CLUB SANDWICH is a great picker upper read and discuss with your girlfriends novel. Women everywhere regardless of age or marital status will identify with IVY in this Approval Addiction generation.

Join IVY and the other women of Club Sandwich as they forge a friendship and rock solid faith while learning firsthand the reasons why they all need each other to survive.

Enjoy CLUB SANDWICH today!

Happy Reading!

Reviewed by Marina Woods for [...]


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