by Kim Perone
This is a book about resilience that is both funny and poignant, a book of hoping and coping, and ultimately valuing what is left to love.
Whether you love or hate vacuuming, you will enjoy the antics of this mother-daughter duo as they sail or stumble through life's challenges -- growing up, marriage, motherhood, divorce, loss, and preserving your inner optimism at all costs.
Claudia (mother) loves cleaning so much that it colors her world. She is never without her well-vacuumed perspective on life and quirky solutions to problems. Known as Hurricane Claudia, her constant motion and tireless positivity make her a matriarch on a mission. She presides over the family's resources, including some unlikely ones.
Kim (author and daughter) despises the vacuum and sees the world with less pragmatism than her mother. She finds her mother's "Claud-e-isms" funny, simple, and surprisingly profound. Now in her forties, she finds her mother's approach to life truly affecting, and understands that it's the basis of her own character and the ways she copes with life's triumphs and tragedies.
When tragedy strikes--not once, but twice--they find their kinship moving beyond the ordinary and into an unlikely partnership. While their shared humor buoys the spirit, it also takes a new and higher place of importance in their lives.
Kim Perone is a communications professional who lives with her husband and son in Saratoga, New York. Kim operates CommCapabilities, an independent communications consulting firm and is a writer-for-hire with a focus on documenting personal stories. Vacuum Like No One Is Watching is her first book.