I Don't Know How She Does It

  • by Allison Pearson
  • Narrated by Emma Fielding
  • 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 fakes homemade mince pies for her daughter's Christmas carols party; uses her cell phone in the office bathroom to procure a hamster for her daughter's Christmas gift; bribes and cajoles her nanny so she won't quit; and avoids sex with her husband so she can skip a shower in the morning, get to work early and answer e-mails.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 with humor, drama, and bracing wisdom.


What the Critics Say

"Delightfully fast moving and breathlessly readable, with dozens of laugh-aloud moments and many tenderly touching ones." (Publishers Weekly)
"A rare and beautiful hybrid: a devastatingly funny novel that's also a compelling fictional world." (Amazon.com)
"A compelling manifesto on the plight of working mothers that manages to be both angry and funny." (Booklist)


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I Don't Know How She Does It

This is the best audio book I have listened to. The book itself, about a busy executive mother trying to juggle the demands of work, marriage, child rearing, is poignant but written so that it is drolly comic as well. The reading is the best I have heard -- good change of voice for different characters, filled with nuance and absolutely perfect for the book.
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- Charles Loveridge

I Don't Know How She Does It

Very funny, witty, and appropriate to today's career moms. The reader is excellent. It keeps you longing for more.
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- Judith

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-11-2002
  • Publisher: Random House Audio