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  • The Other Mother

  • By: Jen Brister
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  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (212 ratings)

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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
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  • Categories: LGBTQ+

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

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Excellent

Ohhh Jen, I loved this sooo much, funny, witty, HONEST, clear!
Thank you Jen for reminding me I am someone!
Can't wait to hopefully enjoy another book in the future maybe the next chapter, Great Stuff Jen, keep going

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Brilliant

Heartfelt, moving and totally entertaining.
Thank you for your honest and hilarious account of life with twins.

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Hilarious and honest

A different, touching story that was well written and gave a good explanation of same sex relationship and IVF treatment. But the author’s honest “take” on everything regarding toddler’s behaviour had me laughing out loud through most of the book. Truthful, honest and very very funny. Loved it.

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Fantastic

Amazing book, very funny and informative.
Not just for mums by the way.
Thanks for sharing your story Jen.

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Entertaining and well narrated

I really thought it was a good and insightful book and well narrated by the author herself on motherhood. Not having a child myself I felt it may not be for me but the storytelling was terrific from start to end.

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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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Funny and relatable

I enjoyed this book and found it very relatable as a mum of a 9 month old. The book seems to contain experiences specific to being a parent in a same-sex couple, which was really interesting, as well as lots that any parent could relate to.

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Awesome

Enjoyed every second of this and caught myself many a time either laughing out loud or nodding and murmuring in agreement whilst out walking my dog with my head phones in listening to this audiobook. (Not weird at all just having a great chat with my new mate Jen)
Funny and relatable in a lot of ways as a mother of 2 kids born just over a year apart. Definitely recommend.

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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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loved it! truthful and funny

A truthful and funny and an easy listen. Absolutely Perfect for new parents everywhere.

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