Deep Down True, by Juliette Fay, is a very real and true novel about divorce, single parenting, and the difficulties of fitting in, no matter how old you are. Recently divorced Dana, who has just gone back to work and began dating, suddenly has to deal with newly developed problems with her 7 year-old son, her 12-year old daughter and the 16 year-old neice that she has taken in.
Dana is not only confused about dating again, but is also dealing with the other women from the neighborhood. It seems that even when you are in your forties, it can still feel like you are back in middle school sometimes. 7-year old Grady is angry and acting out, 12 year-old Morgan has developed an eating disorder and 16 year-old Alder is very upset about something but won't talk about it.