In 'Why Did I Ever,' Money – an overly neurotic, thrice-divorced mother of two grown children and one sometimes lost, sometimes found cat named Flower Girl – attempts to keep her life and the lives of her children in moderate working order, while at the same time maintaining her job as a Hollywood script doctor.
But what really matters is the biting, dry, and innovative humor with which this story is told. Plot synopsis is of almost zero use. In her clipped style, not one word is wasted. 'Why Did I Ever' is unspeakably funny. Robison never, not for a second, lets up – and will you be glad. What moves 'Why Did I Ever' from good to brilliant is Robison’s use of well-wrought sarcasm to convey a deeply moving, extremely poignant story. Told in 572 short, terse, highly-stylized sections, Robison controls not just what you read, but how you read it. The result is a book that resonates like a well-tuned instrument.