The new novel from the New York Times best-selling author of The Descendants - a hilarious and charming story about a quirky single mom in San Francisco who tiptoes through the minefields of the "Mommy Wars" and manages to find friendship and love.
When Mele Bart told her boyfriend, Bobby, she was pregnant with his child, he stunned her with an announcement of his own: He was engaged to someone else.
Fast-forward two years, Mele's daughter is a toddler, and Bobby and his fiancée want Ellie to be the flower girl at their wedding. Mele, who also has agreed to attend the nuptials, knows she can't continue obsessing about Bobby and his cheese-making, Napa-residing fiancée. She needs something to do.
So she answers a questionnaire provided by the San Francisco Mommy Club in elaborate and shocking detail and decides to enter their cookbook writing contest. Even though she joined the group out of desperation, Mele has found her people: Annie, Barrett, Georgia, and Henry (a stay-at-home dad). As the wedding date approaches, Mele uses her friends' stories to inspire recipes and find comfort both.
How to Party with an Infant is a hilarious and poignant novel from Kaui Hart Hemmings, who has an uncanny ability to make disastrous romances and tragic circumstances not only relatable and funny but unforgettable.
"Joy Osmanski gives a graceful and attentive performance of this charming and often hilarious addition to the Mommy-Lit shelf.... Osmanski handles drama and comedy with equal deftness, and there's plenty of both here.... It's wonderful fun." (AudioFile)
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Life in the Trenches of Affluent Parenthood
It's written with brilliant wit and the San Francisco location is a plus. The plot hops through a group of friends who bond at a playground / meet up through an often b*&$#y parenting "club". Threads of romance are intriguing, if a bit "fairy tale". Kaui Hart Hemmings truly nails contemporary family life (in an affluent american city, that is).
The author does a great job exploring emotional interiors of the characters, pretty much throughout the entire book. A chapter where a 13 y-o boy hosts a co-ed birthday party gets to the heart of parental insecurities. There really aren't many infants in this book. And parenthood is not a party.
There are many hilarious lines of dialogue, outrageous scenes and interior wonderings--all of which are brought to life well by the narrator.
Laughing out loud is a good thing in these times.
I really enjoyed this audio book!
- Karen K. Lewis