Susan Konig is a journalist. She has a husband and three children. When she started telling the story of selling her home, acquiring a new home, and moving away from the city, she had only two children. So begins the modern story of Konig’s personal ‘white flight’ (the reviewer’s words, not Konig’s).
And that story is hilarious. In Why Animals Sleep So Close To The Road (And Other Lies I Tell My Children), Susan Konig has trouble selling their apartment, finding a new home, closing on the new home, taking care of her children, nursing herself through an awkward third pregnancy, doing freelance work, battling a rat infestation, battling the flu – and all before she goes through the hell of moving.
And it was mentioned that she was pregnant during all this? It is an amazing accomplishment that Susan Konig remained sane.
Anyway, she gets a new home, settles in, finds that life in the suburbs has its own challenges. She battles a skunk, a flooded house, life with a newborn third child (as an older parent with two other children, an entirely different challenge), getting back in shape from the pregnancy (age becomes a factor), finding babysitters, finding time for herself, her work, for everything.
All the time, it would seem, Susan Konig was apparently taking notes to write this book, a whirlwind account of a very full and funny life. She hints at younger, restless days and worries about the future, for herself and for her family. She gets it all into a book that fleshes out to just over two hundred pages.
The book is truly a moving experience. And who can resist a title like: Why Animals Sleep So Close To The Road (And Other Lies I Tell My Children). It is a title that says, “Pick me up and read me!”
One does have to – just to find out from whence came such an insane sounding title. Readers find the answer when Konig’s skills as a caring parent are tested with delicately explaining to her child about roadkill…
If the reader is in that age bracket where denial and acceptance are at war, where settling for something to circumvent the effort of fighting becomes an option more entertainable by the day (but ultimately self-defeating), then the reader will perfectly understand where Susan Konig was coming from when she penned Why Animals Sleep So Close To The Road. Perhaps reading Konig’s amusing jaunt through the trials and tribulations of the middle-aged mother will help some ease through the transition themselves. Sometimes it is a strange kind of relief just knowing that some people have an even crazier and more hectic lifestyle than one’s own.