Why Stuff Matters: A Novel
When Jessica, a grieving widow, inherits an antique mall from her mother she also inherits the stallholders, an elderly, amoral, acquisitive, and paranoid collection.
When one of the vendors, a wily ex-con named Roxy, shoots her ex-husband, she calls on Jessica to help bury the body and soon Jessica is embroiled in cover-ups, lies, and misdirection. Into this mix comes Lizzie, Jessica’s late husband’s twelve-year-old daughter by his first marriage, who’s been dumped on Jessica’s doorstep by the child’s self-absorbed mother and it soon becomes apparent that Lizzie is as obsessed with material possessions as Jessica’s elderly tenants.
Why Stuff Matters is a compelling ode to possession, why people like things and the curious lengths they will go to keep them. Returning to her fictional Caprock, Waldo turns her wry wit on the lives of those afraid to let go.
‘Refreshing, funny, and dark at times, Jen Waldo’s work embarks you on a strange swim through every stage of life!’ Chocolate and Waffles
‘Jen Waldo writes with incredible insight into the human psyche, and is also very witty with it. I loved these characters, they felt real. […]
A thought provoking, funny and heartwarming story that will make the reader smile.’ Random Things Through My Letterbox
‘[H]ilarious and full of characters. […] This is a wry and gentle comedy, […] touching and sometimes sobering too. This novel, more so than Old Buildings, reminded me of Tom Drury’s The End of Vandalism. […] Waldo is funnier though […] I loved Why Stuff Matters. (9/10)’ Annabel’s Book Blog
‘Why Stuff Matters is well and intelligently written. Jen is a keen observer of people and how they behave. It is a book worth reading.’ Tony, TripFiction