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I Don't Know How She Does It: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother

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Publisher Comments:

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 Kate's life, Everything Goes Perfectly as long as Everything Goes Perfectly. She lies to her own mother about how much time she spends with her kids; practices pelvic floor squeezes in the boardroom; applies tips from Toddler Taming to soothe her irascible boss; uses her cell phone in the office bathroom to procure a hamster for her daughter's birthday ("Any working mother who says she doesn't bribe her kids can add Liar to her résumé"); and cries into the laundry hamper when she misses her children's bedtime.

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? --gets at the private absurdities of working motherhood as only a novel could: with humor, drama, and bracing wisdom.

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In a pointed dramatization of the problems of working mothers, Kate Reddy, a hedge fund manager and mother of two, struggles to juggle her professional and personal lives and to balance--often unsuccessfully--the tightrope of work and home. 100,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

Delightfully smart and heartbreakingly poignant, Allison Pearson's smash debut novel has exploded onto bestseller lists as The national anthem for working mothers. Hedge-fundmanager, wife, and mother of two, Kate Reddy manages to juggle nine currencies in five time zones and keep in step with the Teletubbies. But when she finds herself awake at 1:37 a.m. in a panic over the need to produce ahomemade pie for her daughter's school, she has to admit her life has become unrecognizable. With panache, wisdom, and uproarious wit, I Don't Know How SheDoes It brilliantly dramatizes the dilemma of every working mom.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author

Allison Pearson, named Critic of the Year and Interviewer of the Year in the British Press Awards, is a weekly columnist in the London Evening Standard and a member of the BBC's Newsnight Review panel. She lives in London with her husband, the New Yorker writer Anthony Lane, and their two children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400040124
Subtitle:
The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother
Publisher:
Knopf
Author:
Pearson, Allison
Subject:
Mother and child
Subject:
Working mothers
Subject:
General
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Fiction-Humorous
Subject:
Fiction : Humorous
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
General
Subject:
London
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Children of working mothers.
Subject:
Humor : General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literature-Family Life
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Edition Description:
Anchor Books
Publication Date:
20021001
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
337

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Product details 337 pages Knopf - English 9781400040124 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In a pointed dramatization of the problems of working mothers, Kate Reddy, a hedge fund manager and mother of two, struggles to juggle her professional and personal lives and to balance--often unsuccessfully--the tightrope of work and home. 100,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Delightfully smart and heartbreakingly poignant, Allison Pearson's smash debut novel has exploded onto bestseller lists as The national anthem for working mothers. Hedge-fundmanager, wife, and mother of two, Kate Reddy manages to juggle nine currencies in five time zones and keep in step with the Teletubbies. But when she finds herself awake at 1:37 a.m. in a panic over the need to produce ahomemade pie for her daughter's school, she has to admit her life has become unrecognizable. With panache, wisdom, and uproarious wit, I Don't Know How SheDoes It brilliantly dramatizes the dilemma of every working mom.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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