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First there was Bridget Jones. Then came the Nannies. Now meet Claire McLeod, a twenty-something American girl living in Portland, Oregon. Claire's got big problems: Her mother's a tyrant, her sister's a lesbian, her father's in Omaha. Claire's peaceful, if dull, existence is shattered when her mother arrives in Portland for an unexpected - and unwelcome visit. Armed with a sharp tongue, a critical eye and enough weekender wear to make anyone nervous, Mom has mysteriously left Dad at home in the mid-west. It's not enough that Claire's job as telephone survey-taker is excruciatingly irritating, and that her boyfriend has dumped her. No, now, embarrassed by her dead-end job and flatlining love life, she must also bear the weight of Mum's critical eagle-eye while trying to close the rift between her mother and her sister (Mum can't understand why Claire's sister insists on being a lesbian), solve the riddle of her missing father, climb a shaky corporate ladder, stalk a cute co-worker in hopes of reviving her love life, reinvent herself, and maybe, just maybe, find a little happiness.
By turns tender and insightful-but always hilariously funny Smothering is a smart, fast, post-modern take on mother-daughter relationships, boyfriend-girlfriend disasters, sisterly devotion and divisions, father-daughter misunderstandings, and the career girl blues, all wrapped up in a page-turner of a novel you can't put down. Claire is a character women will identity with, whatever their age.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 108 x 166 x 34mm | 158.76g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0765347032
  • 9780765347039

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"Wendy French's debut is a mother of a novel."--Valerie Frankel, author of "The Accidental Virgin" on "sMothering" "Fabulous, funny, and rings frighteningly true!"--Melissa Senate, author of "See Jane Date" and "The Solomon Sisters Wise Up" on "sMothering" "Unexpectedly poignant. . . . the emotions ring true."--"Entertainment Weekly" on "sMothering" "This one's a hoot."--"The Seattle Times" on "sMothering" "French's prose is smart and sharp, her humor understated, real and funny."--"January" Magazine on "sMothering" "This debut is warm, tender and more substantive than most of its type. . . . Female readers of all ages should relate. . . . French's novel stands out from its fluffy chick-lit sisters with a snappy humor, charged family dynamics and a plot twist that will throw readers for a loop."--"Publishers Weekly" on "sMothering" "French asks deeper questions about trust and boundaries while deftly offering up all the usual delights: acid wit, farcical misunderstandings and plot twists, and a few existential questions about moving up versus selling out."--"Booklist" on "sMothering" "Smoothly written first outing and, all told, really pretty amusing."--"Kirkus Reviews" on "sMothering"
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About Wendy French

Wendy French was raised in Vancouver, Canada, where her parents unwittingly cursed her writing career by providing a happy and stable childhood. In an effort to overcome her unfortunate beginnings, she sought artistic torment at the University of Victoria, but despair eluded her. Hoping for worse luck south of the border, she moved to Portland, Oregon, with her husband, but happiness continued to stalk her, day and night. Finally, she conceded defeat, abandoned her quest for misery, and began writing humorous women's fiction. sMothering is her first novel.
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249 ratings
3.22 out of 5 stars
5 8% (21)
4 29% (73)
3 42% (104)
2 17% (43)
1 3% (8)
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