Four very different women navigate one of life's most wonderful and perilous transitions: the journey of new motherhood.
Rebecca Rothstein Rabinowitz is a plump, sexy chef who has a wonderful husband, a restaurant that's received citywide acclaim, a beautiful baby girl and the mother-in-law from hell. Kelly Day's life looks picture-perfect. But behind the doors, she's struggling to balance work, motherhood and marriage, while dealing with an unemployed husband who seems content to channel-surf for eight hours a day. Ayinde Towne's already on shaky ground, when her basketball superstar husband breaks her trust at the most vulnerable moment in her life, putting their marriage in peril -- and thrusting their new family further into the public eye. Then there's Lia Frederick, a Philadelphia native who has left Los Angeles behind, along with her glamorous Hollywood career, her husband, and a tragic secret.
With her trademark warmth and humor, Weiner tells the story of what happens after happily ever after.
©2004 Jennifer Weiner (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
"Hilarious, heartbreaking, and insightful." (The Miami Herald)
"Immensely readable.... Weiner's gift lies in her ability to create characters who both amuse us and make us care." (The Washington Post)
"Weiner, a wonderful natural writer and storyteller, renders her characters and their lives in details that resonate as the real deal." (Publishers Weekly)
I was a skeptic of audible books, but I've been won over! I listen to my books everywhere, even while cooking. Audible is a perfect escape!
Rebecca Rabinowitz's face-to-face address to her mother-in-law following her mother-in-law's decision to cut off her son and have nothing to do with him and Rebecca following the "Christmas" saga. Not many people would have chosen to act with such humility. I really expected a show down, expected that with the support of her husband, Rebecca would have put her mother-in-law in her place with some harsh words/truth. Instead she showed such humility and maturity, I could see why her husband was so in love with her.
Yes. The characters had very distinctive qualities and life stories allowing the author to cover a wider range of challenges faced by women and particularly new mothers. It helped that the characters were strangers, unknown personally to each at the beginning of the book/story.
Yes, a movie or a tv mini-series. Katherine Heigl as Kelly Day and Alex Pettyfer or Kellan Lutz as her husband; Sanaa Lathan as Ayinde Towne and Rick Fox as her husband; Seth Rogen as Dr Rabonowitz, Camryn Manheim or Marissa Jaret Winokur as Rebecca; and Marla Sokoloff as Lia Frederick
This is a good book, the story is somewhat predictable but realistic and empowering.
I LOVE this story. Realistic, wonderfully written, perfect narration. Easy to get lost in and you'll want to hear it again once it's over the first time! HIGHLY recommend it!
"for everyone who's ever been a mother"
if you are, or have ever been a mother, if you're pregnant, or even thinking about having a baby, you will be able to relate to the characters and situations in this book. Even though much of it is cliched, the story is so heartwarming and humorous it just grabbed me!
I'm in my 50's, so it's been quite a while since I went through what the 4 women in this story are dealing with, but this brought all the memories back to me in color.
But more than entertainment, there is a lot of subtle wisdom imparted here. I smiled and winced as the characters messed up their lives and their relationships. The author manages to create sympathy not only for her 4 female protagonists, but also for their partners and families. There were times I saw myself or someone I knew, and in the meddling mother-in-law, someone I don't want to be now that I have grandchildren.
A thoroughly enjoyable read!
"This book packs alot of story!"
This is a well told story. I am older than these women but I remember experiencing all these emotions.I found their bond wonderful. There is alot of story here and it very well written and so well narrated. Thank you Audible. Loved It.
"More than your average "chick lit""
This book is heavier than the regular "chick lit" fluff, but still an enjoyable listen. Some of the book is heartbreaking, and some of it hilarious. Great read for a new (or any!) mom!
"Driving Happily and Entertained"
Yes - entertaining and smart about relationships.
Kelly - she tried so hard to cover up any sadness or badness.
All were great. She did wonderfully with the men without making her voice sound strange.
I couldn't wait to keep listening - it was for the road while I drove my friend's moving truck across country. I kept thinking about the things friends do for each other. I laughed a couple of times about Becky's reactions to things.
Loved the narrator and the book. I wish all were this awesome. I didn't think the subject matter was for me but I trust this author to be good. I am oldish and childless so pregnancy and newborns is a little outside my experience but that wasn't really the main subject but part of the conflict for the characters.
"Interesting and Humurous"
The characters were well defined and their chemistry with each other was enjoyable.
Big Little Lies
The authors way of switching between the 4 main characters kept the book exciting and me wanting to hear more...
Hard to choose a favorite, all the main characters were interesting. I think Rebecca was my favorite.
This is the kind of book that makes your day fly by while listening....
"Every mother must read!"
Great great book!! Every mother must read! It will make you cry and laugh out load I could not put it down
"Great Story, Odd Voice"
The story itself was quite entertaining and relatable, but the reader's voice was a bit hard to get used to.
If you like Jennifer Weiner's other works, you'll like this one as well.
"A typical Jennifer Weiner story"
Yes, even if they haven't read any other books by Jennifer Weiner. I really like when stories are about more than 1 person and in this case they all end up being friends.
"Find GoCharacters, Plot, Current Issues"
I like the way that Weiner writes her interwoven story lines. The basics is that there are four women in four very different situations, who are all dealing with the same general issues. It is refreshing to read about people who reach out and across the gulf of socio-economic status, desires, paths taken and difficulties to really become true friends, people who are THERE for each other however huge or relatively small the issues that they are dealing with. Here are women who could be jealous and bitter, but instead they reach out and are kind, loving and more sisters than the "blood" sister secondary characters introduced so that we could see how profound these four who meet fairly randomly.
Having had twins and a singleton, I know about postpartum depression, the need for support, the exhaustion, the incredible experience of pregnancy, delivery and the first year. and also miscarrage... I had to get through all of this it by myself. it was good to read about women who could really help each other through the transformation that these women had to traverse in order to be of help in the best ways possible. The arc of character development was the thrust of the plot and I like character driven stories very much. If you do, you will enjoy this great read.
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