I Don't Know How She Does It

I Don't Know How She Does It

The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother : A Novel

eBook - 2002
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Allison Pearson's novel... dramatizes the dilemma of working motherhood at the start of the twenty-first century. Meet Kate Reddy, hedge-fund manager and mother of two. She can juggle nine different currencies in five different time zones and get herself and two children washed and dressed and out of the house in half an hour. In Kate's life, Everything Goes Perfectly as long as Everything Goes Perfectly. She lies to her own mother about how much time she spends with her kids; practices pelvic floor squeezes in the boardroom; applies tips from Toddler Taming to soothe her irascible boss; uses her cell phone in the office bathroom to procure a hamster for her daughter's birthday ("Any working mother who says she doesn't bribe her kids can add Liar to her résumé"); and cries into the laundry hamper when she misses her children's bedtime. In a novel that is at once uproariously funny and achingly sad, Allison Pearson captures the guilty secret lives of working women-the self-recrimination, the comic deceptions, the giddy exhaustion, the despair-as no other writer has. Kate Reddy's conflict --How are we meant to pass our days? How are we to reconcile the two passions, work and motherhood, that divide our lives? --gets at the private absurdities of working motherhood as only a novel could: with humor, drama, and bracing wisdom.
Publisher: [New York] : Knopf/Doubleday, 2002
ISBN: 9781400040124
1400040124
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Sep 09, 2018

Cute light-hearted comedy reflecting the challenges of the working woman. There is a movie version released in 2011 but I think it was released before public appreciated the content so its rating suffered unjustly. When males use family responsibilities as an excuse to suppress the career advancement of a competent woman, it's male chauvinism - NOT good business.

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