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|Format:||Electronic Book Text, ePub ed Edition|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 01 January 1900|
If you thought Wall Street was cut-throat, wait till to you meet the Kelly bag-toting, Chanel-wearing, Bugaboo-pushing mothers of New York's Upper East Side! 'AFFLUENZA: malaise of the extremely wealthy; symptoms include panic over which color Bugaboo to buy and night sweats about which $15,000 pre-pre-school to apply to.' Hannah adores her husband Josh, so when he gets offered a fabulous job in Manhattan, she's happy to abandon their cozy West Coast life for the social whirl of the Big Apple. But motherhood in Manhattan is a whole different ball-game -- in fact, for the bored and pampered women of New York's wealthiest families, it's practically an Olympic sport. In a world where who you know and how you look is everything, Hannah finds herself adrift in a sea of 'Reximoms (mothers who drop the baby weight in two weeks or less), Nannyjackers (mothers who try to steal other people's nannies) and Momsicles (cold-hearted mothers who never cuddle their kids). Suddenly loving her family isn't enough -- Hannah just can't seem to measure up. And with Josh working longer and longer hours, her quest to fit in -- whether it's getting her daughter into the city's top nursery or finding the perfect apartment -- is increasingly lonely. So when an old flame re-enters her life, who can blame her for wondering what might have been? But as old passions are rekindled, Hannah finds herself increasingly torn between a life of happily married motherhood and the murky moral state in which her wealthy friends seem to live. And when her marriage begins to feel the strain, she will have to learn to fight for what it is she really wants in this brilliantly funny novel about love, motherhood and staying sane!
About the Author
Jill Kargman is a writer based in New York City who is deathly afraid of clowns. And mimes. After graduating college, she worked at the bottom of the magazine totem pole, then wrote the 2000 Sundance film 'Intern' with her writing partner Carrie Karasyov. Their two subsequent novels, 'The Right Address' and 'Wolves In Chic Clothing', were national bestsellers and published in eight languages. Jill's freelance work includes over ten shows for MTV and more than 100 articles for magazines including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Interview, Town & Country, GQ and Elle.
Kargman is no worse off without writing partner Carrie Karasyov (The Right Address; Wolves in Chic Clothing) in her first solo novel, a breezy jaunt through the Manhattan nursery grinder. Recently relocated to the Upper East Side from San Francisco after her husband, Josh, took a lucrative job, Hannah Allen is thrown into the mommy snake pit by her domineering mother-in-law, Lila Allen Dillingham, who introduces Hannah to a cabal of neighborhood moms led by the "drop dead gorgissima" Bee Elliott. Hannah, a black-jeans-and-Converse art history grad and mother of too-cute two-year-old Violet, struggles to please Lila and keep up with Bee's hypercompetitive crew of "Kelly-bag-toting, Chanel-suit-wearing, Bugaboo-pushing sharks" who fret over their children's head circumferences and admissions into pre-preschools with three-year waiting lists. There's no shortage of name-dropping and light humor as Hannah struggles to win a co-op board's approval, keep her marriage afloat and get Violet into Carnegie Nursery School. Though a bevy of "awky" abbreviations litter the narrative ("unfortch" "sitch," "actsch"), Kargman writes with verve. Fans of the genre won't be disappointed. (Apr.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
'Perfect for fans of "The Devil Wears Prada"!A delicious New York tale.' Red Magazine 'Remember New York's Bridezillas!now meet their sisters, the Momzillas. If you're looking for a funny, honest , fast paced beach read -- and especially if you're a mummy, feeling yummy or otherwise -- I recommend.' She's Gotta Have It column, The First Post 'Will hit the spot like a well-mixed Manhattan.' Evening Herald (Dublin) 'A must for "The Devil Wears Prada" fans.' Heat 'A hilarious read.' U magazine