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“Offers credible descriptions of first-time motherhood, affecting characters and situations and low-key charm.”–Kirkus Reviews

“Stellar . . . Center paints an accurate and humorous view of motherhood.”–Booklist

Jenny Harris always expected that she’d fall in love, get married, and have a baby–in that order. Now, very pregnant and not quite married, she actually doesn’t mind that she and her live-in fiancé, Dean, accidentally started their family a little earlier than planned; she’s happy to have so much to look forward to. But Dean–whom Jenny loves enough to overlook his bad facial hair, his smoking habit, and his total commitment to a cheesy cover band–is acting distant, and not in a pre-wedding-jitters kind of way. The night he runs out for cigarettes and just doesn’t come back, he demotes himself from future husband to sperm donor.

And the very next day, Jenny goes into labor.

In the months that follow, Jenny plunges into a life she never anticipated: single motherhood. At least with the sleep deprivation, sore boobs, and fits of crying (both hers and the baby’s), there’s not much time to dwell on her broken heart. And things start looking up. She learns how to do everything one-handed, makes friends in a mommy group, and even manages to give dating tips to her sweet, clueless father–who’s trying to court her sassy mother again, fifteen years after their divorce. She also gets to know a handsome, helpful neighbor–with a knack for soothing babies–who invites her out dancing. But Dean is never far from Jenny’s thoughts or, it turns out, her doorstep, and in the end Jenny must choose between the old life she thought she wanted and the new life she’s been lucky to find.

A spirited debut novel with a terrifically appealing voice, a fantastic sense of humor, and a lot of heart, The Bright Side of Disaster reminds us that sometimes it takes the worst-case scenario to show us the best in everything.

Synopsis:

Struggling to deal with an advanced pregnancy and Dean, a fianc who abandons her hours before she goes into labor, Jenny Harris suddenly finds herself coping with the joys and challenges of single motherhood, a handsome and helpful neighbor, and Dean's return, as she confronts a choice between the old life she thought she wanted and the new opportunities of the present. A first novel. 75,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

Offers credible descriptions of first-time motherhood, affecting characters and situations and low-key charm.-Kirkus Reviews

Stellar . . . Center paints an accurate and humorous view of motherhood.-Booklist

Jenny Harris always expected that she'd fall in love, get married, and have a baby-in that order. Now, very pregnant and not quite married, she actually doesn't mind that she and her live-in fiance, Dean, accidentally started their family a little earlier than planned; she's happy to have so much to look forward to. But Dean-whom Jenny loves enough to overlook his bad facial hair, his smoking habit, and his total commitment to a cheesy cover band-is acting distant, and not in a pre-wedding-jitters kind of way. The night he runs out for cigarettes and just doesn't come back, he demotes himself from future husband to sperm donor.

And the very next day, Jenny goes into labor.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345502483
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Subject:
Fiction : General
Author:
Center, Katherine
Author:
Katherine Center
Subject:
General
Subject:
Divorced parents
Subject:
Unmarried mothers
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
2007
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
256

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The Bright Side of Disaster: A Novel
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Product details 256 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780345502483 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Struggling to deal with an advanced pregnancy and Dean, a fianc who abandons her hours before she goes into labor, Jenny Harris suddenly finds herself coping with the joys and challenges of single motherhood, a handsome and helpful neighbor, and Dean's return, as she confronts a choice between the old life she thought she wanted and the new opportunities of the present. A first novel. 75,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Offers credible descriptions of first-time motherhood, affecting characters and situations and low-key charm.-Kirkus Reviews

Stellar . . . Center paints an accurate and humorous view of motherhood.-Booklist

Jenny Harris always expected that she'd fall in love, get married, and have a baby-in that order. Now, very pregnant and not quite married, she actually doesn't mind that she and her live-in fiance, Dean, accidentally started their family a little earlier than planned; she's happy to have so much to look forward to. But Dean-whom Jenny loves enough to overlook his bad facial hair, his smoking habit, and his total commitment to a cheesy cover band-is acting distant, and not in a pre-wedding-jitters kind of way. The night he runs out for cigarettes and just doesn't come back, he demotes himself from future husband to sperm donor.

And the very next day, Jenny goes into labor.

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