Love And Other Impossible Pursuits

Love And Other Impossible Pursuits

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Is Emilia, the wicked stepmother incarnate? Passionately in love with her husband, Emilia has a secret, guilty loathing for her precocious little stepson, William - a forty-year-old in a five-year-old's body, whom she picks up from nursery every Wednesday afternoon. He is lactose intolerant, she feeds him dairy products; he mustn't get cold, she pushes him - accidentally - into the pond in Central Park. How can she forgive William for living, when her own cherished child has gone? 'Moving and darkly funny, romantic, shocking, painful page-turner...says something new and interesting about women, families and love' - "New York Times". 'One moment I was laughing out loud...the next I had tears pouring down...whether you're a parent or not, you can't fail to be moved' - "Daily Express".show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 127 x 193 x 25.4mm | 226.8g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552772925
  • 9780552772921
  • 280,345

About Ayelet Waldman

Ayelet Waldman was a criminal defence lawyer before she became a full-time writer. She is married to the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon and they live in California with their four children.Love and Other Impossible Pursuits is her first novel to be published in the UK.show more

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"Wicked stepmothers everywhere have cause to cheer. Waldman tells it like it is: Tough, touching and very very funny" -- Bella Pollen, author of Hunting Unicorns "'I felt utterly wrung out after I'd read it. Such powerful, honest writing ...All through the story Ayelet Waldman maintains the balance between candidly demonstrating all her heroine's flaws and yet never once losing our sympathy...Fantastic'" -- Kate Long, author of The Bad Mother's Handbook "Waldman hooks us from page one ... Tells it with a wittiness and pace which never slacken" Independent on Sunday "What is excellent about this book is its realism, crisp observations, and the easy identification it successfully invites" Guardian "'This book deals with a painful theme in the funniest, most touching and intelligent way. It charts the excruciatingly recognisable traits of mothering brilliantly. I read it in one sitting. I was filled with envy and awe" -- Arabella Weir, author of Does My Bum Look Big in This?show more

Back cover copy

Falling in love with Jack was so easy, I had assumed that falling in love with his son would be just as effortless... Who says you have to love your step-child? - Wouldn't you dislike a precocious five-year-old who corrected your French pronunciation, and who calculated your Body Mass Index when youwere halfway through a piece of cheesecake? - Does that make you a 'wicked stepmother'? Even if you feed him dairy products while he's lactose intolerant? Even if you push him (accidentally) into the pond in Central Park? How far do you have to go before it starts to be right? 'Moving and darkly funny, romantic, shocking, painful page-turner...Says something new and interesting about women, families and love' New York Times 'One moment I was laughing out loud, the next I had tears pouring down...Whether you're a parent or not, you can't fail to be moved' Daily Expressshow more

Review Text

"What is excellent about this book is its realism, crisp observations, and the easy identification it successfully invites"show more

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