The title of the book comes from a remark my mother often made: “Unless you’re rich, life is nothing but trouble, so you damn well better get used to it.”
There are 34 stories and 43 photographic images.
The stories are grouped under 7 sections:
Fathers and Fools
Women and Children
Marriage and Divorce
Love and Death
The Wicked and The Virtuous
Art and Artifice
So Forth and So On
For the most part, these are small, fierce stories full of small cruelties, sharp-tongued offhand remarks, and those careless, thoughtless actions that too often spin lives into new and sometimes odd directions; those moments when the joys and wonder in our lives, all our blessings become overshadowed by a sense of sorrow, grief, confusion and a prickly feeling of regret; those moments when we ask ourselves: how did I end up in this mess, this situation, this condition, this moment, this peculiar state of being. But at that point, it’s too late. Trouble has found us.