Veterinarian Geneva Novak relates better to animals than humans. Maybe not that surprising once we meet her dysfunctional family.

When her mother is injured in an alcohol-fueled accident, Geneva’s husband convinces her that taking mom in, is the opportunity to repair their relationship. Toss in two teenagers with their own set of issues, a slew of family secrets and complicated sibling relationships and you have the ingredients for a perfect familial explosion.

Sonja Yoerg tackles tough issues in this book with an unsentimental and unapologetic honesty. Her wicked wit and effortless writing lift this fractured family from the pages and into your heart. Told from the point-of-view of three characters and three generations, we’re drawn into the complexities of families and the communication—or miscommunication—behind closed doors. Yoerg’s characters are flawed and achingly real and she doesn’t shy away from the emotional hits.

House Broken is a fabulously layered story about the cost of holding on to shameful secrets. There is no pretty bow tying up the family problems at the end of the book, because that’s how life works, and that is the perfect ending to a gripping and beautifully written story.

House Broken is now available for purchase. 


Sonja Yoerg grew up in Stowe, Vermont where she financed her college education by waitressing at the Trapp Family Lodge. She earned a Ph.D. in biological psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and wrote a nonfiction book about animal intelligence, Clever as a Fox. Sonja is the author of four novels: House Broken, Middle of Somewhere, All the Best People, and the upcoming True Places. When she’s not traipsing around the world with her husband, Sonja can be found in her garden overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

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