Tenemental: Adventures of a Reluctant Landlady by Vikki Warner
An unsuspecting landlady navigates exploding plumbing, financial independence, and the 2008 market crash with no blueprint.
Vikki Warner is an acquisitions editor with Blackstone Audio and a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in BUST, The Boston Globe, and Zagat, among others.
“Forget the marriage plot; 26-year-old Warner is after a plot of land. . . . [An] ebullient memoir.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
“Refreshingly original reading.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Heartfelt and fascinating.” —Booklist
“A thoughtful meditation on communal living and urban identity. . . . Quirky and fun.” —The Providence Monthly
“Wry, smart, personal, and pretty damn punk rock.” —Kate Schatz, author of Rad Women Worldwide
Detouring from the traditional timeline of marriage-kids-house, twenty-six-year-old Vikki Warner skips straight to homeownership. She buys a downtrodden three-story house in Providence, Rhode Island, and suddenly finds herself responsible for a rotating cast of colorful tenants. Adulthood comes with unforeseen challenges: backed-up sewage, gentrification, global economic downturn. A candid portrait of how sharing space profoundly reshapes our lives, and forces us to grow into ourselves.