Jenny Petland, Barr’s middle child, published the book “This Will Be Funny Later: A Memoir” on Jan. 18. In it, she takes a deep dive into her life, reflecting on what it was like to grow up with a mother who is a superstar in the comedy world.
Throughout the book’s earlier chapters, Petland reveals that she and her siblings often found themselves getting in trouble, seemingly in response to their mother’s growing celebrity.
“It was a year of sheer chaos,” Petland wrote, noting that she and her siblings – older sister Jessica and younger brother Jake – began to struggle in various ways.
“The pressures inside our house were rising from all angles,” the author confessed. “There wasn’t one aspect of any of our individual lives or our collective life as a family that wasn’t in complete upheaval.”
Petland said that Barr was “overwhelmed” by trying to maintain a balance between her personal and professional lives while her father was “struggling with his new role as the supportive stay-at-home husband.”
“Jessica was becoming a textbook Mean Girl. I was being slowly swallowed alive by my anxiety, and Jake was silently watching it all happen, which was maybe the most disconcerting of all our reactions,” she said. “Our family was falling apart, and the stress of falling apart was making us fall apart even faster.”
Petland would go on to struggle more in her life, describing herself as having been “locked up” in facilities for troubled teens.
In the end, things seem to have worked out for the author, who dedicated the book to her parents and siblings, commending and complimenting them in the dedication, among several others.