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The Other Mother

Narrated by: Jen Brister
Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
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Summary

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I'm Jen Brister, stand-up comedian, middle-aged adolescent and, more recently, a mum. But not that mum - I'm the other one. Confused? Let’s back up a bit.

Two years ago, my partner (a woman - we're not solicitors) gave birth to twins. Yes. Yes. Already there’s a lot to take in here: gay mums, twins, solicitors... (I know! Believe me, I’m still reeling myself.)

Like every new parent, I had absolutely no clue what I was doing. Add ‘gay’ and ‘non-biological’ to the mix and what do you get? Not a weird box of detergent, but a panicked beige lesbian desperately googling, ‘Will my babies love me?’ at 3 a.m.

This is a book for any parent who feels they don’t fit the mould of a traditional 2.4 family. Stand-up comedian Jen Brister takes a very funny, very honest look at life as a parent: from IVF awfulness to crying over the pages of sleep training manuals.

As ‘the other mother’ she has the perfect vantage point for us to laugh and cry alongside her.

©2019 Jen Brister (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"Hysterical, important, moving, wonderful." (Sara Pascoe)

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A light touch that could’ve gone deeper

I really enjoy Jen Brister’s comedy, so I had high hopes for this book. Sadly, it’s just too simplistic. There’s no real depth to it. I’d say it’s ideal for someone who a) doesn’t know any gay people but wishes they did and b) doesn’t have children but wishes they did.

If you’re looking for something lighthearted and an easy listen, great. For me, it reads like a guest article in the Guardian that just went on too long. I was left wanting something it couldn’t give.

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Bloody brilliant

This book is brilliant and hilarious and should be read by anyone who didn’t get a sleeper.

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An absolute joy to listen to

This book made me laugh, experience Jen's joy/frustration/love/despair, cheer her and her family on, and want it all to never end.

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Authentic, relatable, hilarious

I absolutely loved this book. As “the other mother” myself it offered a refreshing perspective on what it can feel like to raise your non biological kid, Jen puts things in a way which really encouraged me to be confident in my actual parent status, even though I didn’t give birth to my son. This is clearly a very honest account (from the HELLS of soft play to the shit-on-your-face stories) and is a big two fingers up at societies pressure to raise perfect kids. It’s also really bloody funny, I found myself snorting out loud when listening in the doctors waiting room, oops. Well worth a download. I imagine if we wait 15 years Jen will have heaps of material about the teenage years...

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A funny and honest must read!

Such a fabulous book, I felt like it was written about my introduction to motherhood as ‘the other mother’. Fabulously written and incredibly funny. For anyone wanting kids it’s a must read!

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funny & sweet

lots of funny bits throughout. I really enjoyed it and listened to it over two days.