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 emails.
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.
©2002 Allison Pearson; (P)2002 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.