Mira, Mar 2003, 6.99, 384 pp.
Though five years ago her beloved husband Paul died, Ellen Jameson still carries his ashes in an urn, as she cannot let go even though her world has ended. Her suburban friends ignore her, the family accounting business went bankrupt when Paul the CPA passed away, and now she sits on the brink of becoming homeless. She moves to nearby San Antonio seeking an accounting clerk job and saves money by living in the house of her mother Wilma. Also moving in to her mom's house is Ellen's party-going daughter Amber and granddaughter Jet. Four generations of women share a house whose ownership is being contested in the courts.
Ellen finds work at Roper's Accounting home of “The Cowboys of Taxes”. Amber is good at her mall job, but prefers to party. Wilma watches the well-behaved active three-year-old Jet, but struggles to keep up especially pulling her oxygen tank with her. On the brink of homelessness, Wilma decides Ellen must marry with the only prospect her daughter's employer even if he is more her age. Wilma and Jet begin matchmaking as four generations of women try to survive deep in a heartless Texas.
Though not filled with any action, fans of deep character studies will want to read LETTING GO a strong look at four women living, loving, and suffering together under one roof. Each member of the quartet has a distinguished personality though Jet seems too mature. Pamela Morsi provides an insightful look at moving on while still remembering a lost loved one that will leave her audience grateful for her graceful talent.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner