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The Bad Mother's Handbook: A Novel

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BAD MOTHER RULE #1: NEVER, EVER, DO WHAT I DID!

For seventeen-year-old Charlotte Cooper, it’s too late. Despite her best efforts to finish school, tune out her angry, slightly hysterical mother, and cope with her loving but dotty grandmother, she is unexpectedly (now that’s an understatement) pregnant. And don’t even mention the jerk who knocked her up.

Charlotte’s mother, Karen, is trying to convince herself that there are worse things than becoming a grandmother at thirty-three. For instance, there’s wanting to kill Charlotte for the mess she’s made of her life. Between struggling to pay the bills and halfheartedly filling out questionnaires on Internet dating sites, Karen uncovers a scandalous family secret involving her own birth, and then falls back into bed with her sexy ex-husband. So much for perfect timing.

In the meantime, Karen’s mother, Nan, is having a wee bit of trouble with names (sometimes her own). But that doesn’t keep her from retaining a few things she’d rather forget. Of course, Nan knows that everything will work out fine for Charlotte and the baby–these things usually do. Now, if only she could put the pieces of her own fragmented memory together, she might have an interesting tale or two to share.

In this wickedly funny, disarmingly moving novel, three generations of mothers learn that it’s the simplest mistakes that can change your life forever. With wit and wisdom, Kate Long proves that there are as many kinds of mothers as there are daughters, but the love that binds them all is what truly matters.

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A debut novel chronicles a year in the lives of three women of different generations, all living under one roof in a working-class town in northern England, as they each react in different ways to news that seventeen-year-old Charlotte is pregnant. Reader's Guide included. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.

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KATE LONG lives in Shropshire, England. This is her first novel.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307416896
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Subject:
Fiction : General
Author:
Long, Kate
Author:
Kate Long
Subject:
General
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20060627
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
364

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Product details 364 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780307416896 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A debut novel chronicles a year in the lives of three women of different generations, all living under one roof in a working-class town in northern England, as they each react in different ways to news that seventeen-year-old Charlotte is pregnant. Reader's Guide included. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , KATE LONG lives in Shropshire, England. This is her first novel.

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