A Debtor's Diary: A Year in the Life of an Insolvent Baby Boomer
Callie Clarke is in debt. Not through any fault of her own; no one could accuse her of being a "spendaholic" or a "shopaholic"—she simply squanders all her income on the mortgage repayments and household bills and has to do her food shopping on credit cards if she wants to eat each month. Once she was a young mom with a husband and two small sons. Then her husband left, and she had to bring up her boys on her own. Now they are grown up, and Callie is middle-aged, but the small borrowings have escalated over the years and accumulated like rolling a snowball to make a snowman, but this particular "snowball" has rolled its way steadily through two decades and is now of a humungous size, big enough to crush her if she's not careful. Juggling debts has taken over Callie's life (almost). Clearly, something needs to be done, but what? Join Callie as she battles her way through a maelstrom of debt, desperately trying to find solutions to her problems, while at the same time holding down her secretarial job and engaging in all aspects of family life in Tony Blair's Britain in the first decade of the twenty-first century, occasionally seeking solace in the past as she looks nostalgically back to what now appears to be simpler times when all she wanted was to be Hayley Mills. It is a story about struggle and hardship but also of the strong bond of love and affection that family members have for one another, the importance of family life over everything else, and ultimately, the triumph of that love, coupled with faith and hope, over adversity.
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