Synopses & Reviews
Perfect for fans of Marisa de los Santos and Allison Winn Scotch, Samantha Wilde’s new novel is a funny and heartfelt look at friendship, marriage, and the dynamics of modern motherhood.
Nora and Annie have been best friends since kindergarten. Nora, a shy English teacher at a quaint New England boarding school, longs to have a baby. Annie, an outspoken stay-at-home mother of two, longs for one day of peace and quiet (not to mention more money and some free time). Despite their very different lives, nothing can come between them—until Cynthia Cypress arrives on campus.
Cynthia has it all: brains, beauty, impeccable style, and a gorgeous husband (who happens to be Nora’s ex). When Cynthia eagerly befriends Nora, Annie’s oldest friendship is tested. Now, each woman must wrestle the green-eyed demon of envy and, in the process, confront imperfect, mixed-up family histories they don’t want to repeat. Amid the hilarious and harried straits of friendship, marriage, and parenthood, the women may discover that the greenest grass is right beneath their feet.
“A poignant, thoroughly entertaining tale of friends, family, and wanting more.”—Valerie Frankel, author of Four of a Kind
"Best friends since childhood, Annie and Nora, are now in their early 30s and staff members at a small New England boarding school. At an all-faculty turnout for the funeral of an elderly teacher's cat, Wilde's irreverent tone immediately emerges. But amusement fades when glamorous new hire Cynthia Cypress shows up, forcing overweight Annie and insecure Nora to handle their envy. Nora becomes Cynthia's adoring friend while Annie is openly hostile, especially after Cynthia and her husband move into a larger campus house previously promised to Annie. Cynthia's immediate popularity at the school and Nora's friendship with her so intensify Annie's acerbic mood that it nearly severs the latter pair's friendship. As Annie explores her rage, Nora's life assumes tragicomic proportions. Her outspoken sex therapist cousin, in town on an extended visit, reveals Nora's intimate past to Cynthia's husband while Nora's straight-laced mother and 93-year-old grandmother descend on her and her long-suffering husband. With wit, compassion, and a keen ear for dialogue Wilde (This Little Mommy Stayed Home) explores issues of insecurity, envy, young motherhood, and friendship in this fast-paced work. Agent: Christina Hogrebe, Jane Rotrosen Literary Agency. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Samantha Wilde, the mother of three young children born in just over four years, openly admits to eating far, far too much chocolate—usually to keep her awake during nap time so she can write some books. Before she took on mothering as a full-time endeavor, she taught more than a dozen yoga classes a week (now she teaches one). She’s a graduate of Concord Academy, Smith College, Yale Divinity School and The New Seminary, as well as the Kripalu School of Yoga. She’s been an ordained minister for more than a decade. Her first novel, This Little Mommy Stayed Home, helped a lot of new mothers get through the night. The daughter of novelist Nancy Thayer, she lives in western Massachusetts with her husband, a professor of chemical engineering.