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Narrated by Emma Fielding Abridged 6 hr 4 min. Switch to the ebook. For every woman trying to strike that impossible balance between work and home-and pretending that she has-and for every woman who has wanted to hurl the acquaintance who coos admiringly, "Honestly, I just don't know how you do it," out a window, here's a novel to make you cringe with recognition and laugh out loud. With fierce, unsentimental irony, Allison Pearson's novel brilliantly dramatizes the dilemma of working motherhood at the start of the twenty-first century. Meet Kate Reddy, hedge-fund manager and mother of two.
She can juggle nine different currencies in five different time zones and get herself and two children washed and dressed and out of the house in half an hour. In a novel that is at once uproariously funny and achingly sad, Allison Pearson captures the guilty secret lives of working women-the self-recrimination, the comic deceptions, the giddy exhaustion, the despair-as no other writer has. Kate Reddy's conflict --How are we meant to pass our days? How are we to reconcile the two passions, work and motherhood, that divide our lives?
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It syncs automatically with your account and allows you to listen online or offline wherever you are. Laptops and Computers You can listen to audiobooks purchased on Google Play using your computer's web browser. More by Allison Pearson. See more. Allison Pearson. How Hard Can It Be? I Think I Love You. Wales, Petra and Sharon, two thirteen-year-old girls, are obsessed with David Cassidy. Together they tackle the Ultimate David Cassidy Quiz, a contest whose winners will be flown to America to meet Cassidy in person.
London, More than twenty years later, twenty pounds heavier, bruised by grief and the disappointments of middle age, Petra reunites with Sharon for an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas to meet their teen idol at last, and finds her life utterly transformed. Pty Ltd.
All rights reserved. Every woman should read this before and during child rearing. Then she should dog ear pages of the book and force her spouse, partner or child's sperm donor to read.
At that point, the spouse, partner or sperm donor will probably do some eye rolling and then ignore the crucial heart of the book--someone has to take care of the details. Such is life.
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I found this book to be so achingly true it was more like a punch in t This book is basically a work of nonfiction masquerading as a book of fiction. I found this book to be so achingly true it was more like a punch in the face than a breath of fresh air. In fact, it was almost a job to finish it--since it basically looked, smelled and felt like my life with the exception that I spend a shit ton more time with my kid then the, shall we say, heroine, and I would give my left boob to stay at home and raise him--but that's a whole other review and requires a lot of details as to why I'm not staying at home but instead have committed myself to a really jealous boyfriend--i.
Needless to say, the movie which is set to come out soon couldn't hold a candle to the book. I don't even need to see it--because I guarantee you they changed the ending and made it a lot more romantic. There's no romance here ladies--just a lot of pressure put on one woman to finesse the lives of her kids and one very kind but "slow" husband. You could say--she shouldn't try so hard. But, that would be like telling a caged bird not to sing. View 1 comment. Sep 06, Marianne rated it did not like it.
I don't know how she does it. Well, I do: selfishly. I was so disgusted with the self-centered, self-righteous worldview of the main character I quit the book pages into it. The portrayal of "heroine" as victim of her parenting, professional, and marital circumstances? I think not.
Reaping seeds of a lifetime of selfishness, I think so. Quite hard to be endeared to such a myopic, naval-gazing "protagonist". If she were humble, introspective, insightful, or even funny she would have been a lo I don't know how she does it. If she were humble, introspective, insightful, or even funny she would have been a lot easier to stomach.
Jesus said "Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it. Jan 16, annelies rated it it was ok. It wouldn't be a lie to say I wanted to read this book for years. I passed it on the bookstore shelf, I don't know how many times. Well, maybe my intuition was telling me something. I found the main character Kate to be a lousy mum, sorry if that insults any working moms, but she really was just crap.
Kate Reddy is Bridget with brains, a woman-not a girl-who knows better.
I just found myself to be very unsympathetic towards her. Jul 07, Elizabeth Hall rated it really liked it Shelves: feminism. It has some beautiful sentences—some that startled me into laughter, others that made me sigh oh my, yes—Allison Pearson is a writer. But the main reason I loved this book is that it tells the truth about modern motherhood.
The whole, fragmented, pissed off, full of love and anguish truth. Of course, the book tells the truth in the form of a fictional narrative, but two of Ms. Kate is British, living on the outskirts of London and working as a fund manager for a large financial firm in the city. In her dreams, Kate stands before the judge in the Court of Motherhood—an old white man—and must answer to his charges. Kate tries to defend herself, but no matter what she says, she is condemned as a bad mother. Because this book focuses on working moms, most of the accusations are about Kate being too busy to be a proper mother.
But I believe the court of motherhood is such a societal constant that it is in the head of every mother, working or at home. Yes, every mother knows about the Court of Motherhood, for every mother must answer to it. Must Remember Ah, the list. I know it well. The list runs in your head at night. The list is on the refrigerator. The list is on lots of little pieces of paper scattered throughout your home. The list is in your pocketbook. It is on the back of your hand, in your calendar, programmed into your phone.
The list, a constantly revolving piece of abstract machinery, is the only known proof of perpetual motion. The list will outlive us all. Every chapter in this book ends with the list: Must Remember.
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