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Little Earthquakes: A Novelby Jennifer Weiner
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Jennifer Weiner's rich, witty, true-to-life, New York Times bestselling novel tells the story of three very different women as they navigate one of life's most wonderful and perilous transitions: the journey of new motherhood.
Becky is a plump, sexy chef who has a wonderful husband and baby girl, a restaurant that's received citywide acclaim — and the mother-in-law from hell. Kelly is an event planner who's struggling to balance work and motherhood while dealing with an unemployed husband who seems content to channel-surf for eight hours a day. And Ayinde's basketball superstar husband breaks her trust at her most vulnerable moment, putting their new family even more in the public eye. Then there's Lia, a Philadelphia native who has left her Hollywood career behind, along with her husband and a tragic secret, to start her life all over again.
From prenatal yoga to postbirth sex, Little Earthquakes is a frank, funny, fiercely perceptive take on the comedies and tragedies of love and marriage.
"In her first and second bestsellers, Good in Bed and In Her Shoes, Weiner came up with female characters so smart, lovable and mordantly funny that they reminded readers that Bridget Jones wasn't the first single woman to light up a bestseller list or the big screen — there were Sheila Levine, Mary and Rhoda, the Golden Girls. Now, just as the star-studded movie version of In Her Shoes is about to be released, Weiner delivers the interwoven tale of four new mothers who come to form a tight posse in contemporary Philadelphia. The heart of this third-person narrative is Becky, an overweight but thoroughly appealing chef at a chic bistro. Married to an adoring doctor and living in a cozy row house, the warm, nurturing Becky is the latest incarnation of Weiner's previous protagonists, as Weiner's fans will recognize as she rushes to help another woman who collapses into sudden, crushing labor pains after a prenatal yoga class ('Being in labor all by herself — no husband around, no friend to hold her hand — was about the worst thing she could imagine,' Becky thinks. 'Well, that and having her midriff appear on one of those 'Obesity: A National Epidemic' news reports'). The woman whom Becky helps is Ayinde, the gorgeous wife of an NBA superstar. Picturesquely if improbably, she, Becky and another expectant mom, perky blonde Kelly (who was also at the fateful yoga class and lent a helping hand) become fast friends. Eventually, Lia, a beautiful young actress who has left Hollywood for her hometown of Philadelphia in the wake of a tragedy, joins the group. For much of the story, Weiner, a wonderful natural writer and storyteller, renders her characters and their messy, sometimes wrenching lives in details that resonate as the real deal. In the end, alas, she slips in a soapy Hollywood ending. Still, this is a rich portrayal of new motherhood and a fun ride. Weiner's readers will root for her to trust ever more her ability to float between comedy and pathos, leaving the shallows for true and surprising depths." Agent, Joanna Pulcini Literary Management. Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Little Earthquakes will have readers laughing, crying and, if they're mothers, nodding their heads in absolute understanding. This is a stay-up-all-night read that's worth a little sleep deprivation." BookPage
"Full of snappy dialogue, Little Earthquakes is grown-up chick lit for readers who may be relieved to discover there is life beyond the genre's eternal quest for suitable husbands." Seattle Times
"Hilarious, heartbreaking and insightful." Miami Herald
"After her realistic examination of new motherhood and marital strain, Weiner pulls her punches with a too-neat ending." Kirkus Reviews
"Weiner seamlessly and gracefully weaves the four women's stories together....[O]nce [readers] pick up the book, they'll find a warm, often funny, touching look at the challenges and joys of new motherhood and marriage." Booklist
"Immensely readable....Weiner's gift lies in her ability to create characters who both amuse us and make us care." The Washington Post
"Lively, witty, and often touching....Weiner's snappy dialogue and captivating characters make Little Earthquakes endlessly appealing." People
From the New York Times bestselling author of In Her Shoes comes a hilarious and warmhearted story of three young women who find friendship against the background of new motherhood.
About the Author
Jennifer Weiner is the author of four novels — Good In Bed, In Her Shoes, which was made into a major motion picture, Little Earthquakes, and Goodnight Nobody — and The Guy Not Taken, a collection of stories. A graduate of Princeton University, she lives in Philadelphia with her family. Visit her website at www.jenniferweiner.com.
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