Powerful Family Saga Details Cancer’s Consequences From
Perspectives of Victim and Survivors
Chicago — A clash of
cultures. A domineering mother-in-law. An alcoholic husband.
A fatally ill child. And the possibility of economic ruin.
Lori’s sheltered, comfortable, liberal upbringing in the
North Shore suburbs of Chicago had left her ill-prepared to
deal with any of it. Like a lot of girls who had grown up in
the late 1950s and early ’60s, Lori had believed she would
one day find her prince and live happily ever after.
Adulthood brought a vastly different reality.
In Lori, the
family saga from award-winning author Charlene Wexler,
readers are plunged into a gripping story that deals with
relationships between family and friends, divorce,
alcoholism, infidelity, homosexuality, the judicial system,
the Holocaust, and financial booms and busts. Most
importantly, it deals with cancer from the points of view of
both the victim and the survivors.
“Besides being a
captivating read, the book will give one confidence to deal
with similar problems,” Wexler said. “It was written mainly
for women who must wear different hats, and rely on friends
and hidden strengths to deal in a world full of unknowns.”
In the book, Lori’s
best friend, Adele, is there to help until Adele has
troubles of her own. Lori, now thousands of miles away from
Chicago, finds a new friend who has a surprising connection
to Lori’s past.
The story covers the early ’70s to 2003 and takes readers
from Chicago to Arizona, Florida, Israel and Germany,
covering the societal changes of the last quarter of the
But Lori’s story
doesn’t end there.
“I’ve written a
sequel that finds Lori as a 70-year-old,” Wexler added. “On
her way to visit her granddaughter in London, she becomes
involved in a murder. It is called, Murder Across The
About the Author
A native Chicagoan,
Charlene Wexler has been a teacher, wife, dental office
manager, mother and grandmother. In retirement, her lifelong
passion for writing has led her to create several essays and
novels. Her other books include
Murder on Skid
Row, Milk and Oranges,
Murder Across the Ocean
The Room. Her newest books,
Farewell To South Shore
and We Won't Go Back, are scheduled for publication
in 2024. She lives in Illinois with her dentist husband. Her
three adorable grandchildren live out of state but visit
information, please visit
connect with her on Twitter (@toothkey).