Janice and her CEO husband have been biding their time with the shares that they own in his pharmaceutical company. When it finally goes pubic, they officially become millionaires, though they’ve already been living the McMansion lifestyle, and she is s giddy with excitement. But when there is a knock on the door and she finds out (via certified mail) that her husband is leaving her for her best friend, everything comes crashing down and she thinks she’s hit bottom. But then she finds out that he is also taking ALL the money and leaving her with next to nothing. And it only gets worse.
Their oldest daughter Margaret, developer/editor/write for Snatch, a fierce feminist magazine, is $100,000 in debt and has just been dumped by her movie star boyfriend. She never considered going back to her capitalist pro-business parents, until her younger sister, 14-year-old Lizzy, calls her and begs for her help. Lizzie, of course, has her own problems, that go beyond the normal teenage angsty problems that the over-privileged tend to lament.
Each chapter is written from the perspective of one of these three women, who are completely different, yet still the same. The specific problems may be different, but the underlying cause is the same. They are united by a father/husband that is deserving of the hate they throw at him and their respective needs. Using one another as only family can do, they eventually confront the scariest person of all: themselves. And sometimes, the truth hurts.