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Piece of Work
Piece of Work
Author: Laura Zigman
ISBN-13: 9780446578387
ISBN-10: 044657838X
Publication Date: 9/25/2006
Pages: 304
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 25 ratings
Publisher: Warner Books
Book Type: Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Zigman (Animal Husbandry) visits the popular chick lit landscape of Manhattan public relations, but with a less glamorous twist. The publicist is 36-year-old Julia Einstein, a Connecticut housewife who has been relishing her life as a stay-at-home mom to toddler son Leo. When her husband, Peter, loses his job, Julia is thrust back into the world she left behind. After calling on a savvy and successful friend for advice, Julia ends up at John Glom Public Relations, a "firm that handles desperate has-beens," where she must work with actress Mary Ford, billed as a "client, paying for the right to suck the life out of us." That Julia finds an antidote for Mary's dwindling fame is predictable, but the process generates its share of chuckles. Ford is ceaselessly cruel, but her vulnerability flickers tellingly beneath her veneer of icy disgust. Julia's portrait of motherhood is overly sentimental, and her references to Leo as "The Scoob" are doggedly cute. Julia's swift handling of potential PR disasters make for an amusing read, and the ending is just as happy as can be. (Sept. 25)
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Entertaining brand of humor
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Written in the spirit of "I Don't Know How She Does It," this book hits the heart of the stay-at-work vs. stay-at-home Mom dilemma. The main character, torn between supporting her family financially and having to be away from her son, is real, heart-breakingly honest, and full of emotions any mother can identify with. True to life, the author continuously emphasizes the need for work outside the home to be meaningful and worthwhile for it to be even remotely appealing to mothers who are being taken away from spending meaningful and infinitely worthwhile time with their children. A must-read for any Mom, whether she works outside or inside the home.
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