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Little Earthquakes: A Novel [Paperback]

Jennifer Weiner
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June 28 2005 Washington Square Press
Jennifer Weiner's richest, wittiest, most true-to-life novel yet tells the story of three very different women as they navigate one of life's most wonderful and perilous transitions: the journay of new motherhood.
Becky is a plump, sexy chef who has a wonderfull husband and baby girl, a restaurant that received a citywide acclaim -- and the mother-in-law from hell. Kelly is an event planner who's struggling to balance her work and motherhood while dealing with unemployed husband who seems content to channel-surf for eight hours a day. Ayinde's basketball superstar husband breaks her trust at her most vulnerable moment, putting their new family even more in the public eye. Then, there's Lia, a Philadelphia native who has left her Hollywood career behind, along with her husband, and a tragic secret to start her life all over again.
From prenatal yoga to postbirth sex, Little Earthquakes is a frank, funny, fiercely perceptive take on the comedies and tragedies of love and marriage.

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In her first and second bestsellers, Good in Bed and In Her Shoes, Weiner came up with female characters so smart, lovable and mordantly funny that they reminded readers that Bridget Jones wasn't the first single woman to light up a bestseller list or the big screen—there were Sheila Levine, Mary and Rhoda, the Golden Girls. Now, just as the star-studded movie version of In Her Shoes is about to be released, Weiner delivers the interwoven tale of four new mothers who come to form a tight posse in contemporary Philadelphia. The heart of this third-person narrative is Becky, an overweight but thoroughly appealing chef at a chic bistro. Married to an adoring doctor and living in a cozy row house, the warm, nurturing Becky is the latest incarnation of Weiner's previous protagonists, as Weiner's fans will recognize as she rushes to help another woman who collapses into sudden, crushing labor pains after a prenatal yoga class ("Being in labor all by herself —no husband around, no friend to hold her hand—was about the worst thing she could imagine," Becky thinks. "Well, that and having her midriff appear on one of those 'Obesity: A National Epidemic' news reports"). The woman whom Becky helps is Ayinde, the gorgeous wife of an NBA superstar. Picturesquely if improbably, she, Becky and another expectant mom, perky blonde Kelly (who was also at the fateful yoga class and lent a helping hand) become fast friends. Eventually, Lia, a beautiful young actress who has left Hollywood for her hometown of Philadelphia in the wake of a tragedy, joins the group. For much of the story, Weiner, a wonderful natural writer and storyteller, renders her characters and their messy, sometimes wrenching lives in details that resonate as the real deal. In the end, alas, she slips in a soapy Hollywood ending. Still, this is a rich portrayal of new motherhood and a fun ride. Weiner's readers will root for her to trust ever more her ability to float between comedy and pathos, leaving the shallows for true and surprising depths.
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Weiner's third novel is the story of four women in Philadelphia who bond over pregnancy and motherhood. Becky, Kelly, and Ayinde meet in yoga class, and the three become friends when Ayinde's water breaks one day after class and they take her to the hospital. Becky is a chef with an adoring husband and an annoying mother-in-law; Kelly is frustrated when her husband loses his job and drags his feet looking for another; Ayinde's husband is a famous basketball player whom she suspects of infidelity. What brings the women together is their love for their newborns. The fourth woman, Lia, watches the group from afar; she's an actress who walked out on her husband after a devastating tragedy. Weiner seamlessly and gracefully weaves the four women's stories together. The fact that her second novel, In Her Shoes (2002), is being made into a movie starring Cameron Diaz should draw plenty of readers; once they pick up the book, they'll find a warm, often funny, touching look at the challenges and joys of new motherhood and marriage. Kristine Huntley
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book! Good light reading! Sept. 14 2005
By A Customer
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Jennifer Weiner is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Once again she writes an awesome book with likable and diverse characters and lots of laughs. This is a good light read for the beach or on a vacation. I couldn't put it down, I was intrigued until the very end! A sequel to this book would be awesome as there is plenty of room for the plot to carry on to the next years of the characters lives.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not earth shattering, but okay chick-lit Dec 20 2012
By Cee Ess TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I read this a while ago, and wanted to get my review down before I forget about it completely. "Little Earthquakes" speaks from the voice of four upscale (somewhat high maintenance) women becoming first-time moms under different circumstances. There are some good visuals around physical and emotional pain. As a whole, the book made the observant social comment that, like people themselves, no birthing experience is the same. The voice that was the most different from the other three stories was written in the first person rather than in third person voice. I found this to be a strange choice; perhaps the author was trying to make the one story stand apart from the others, which it did. I wouldn't have written this way, but kudos to Weiner for trying to be different.

In its genere, this book would rate as good or very good. Weiner knows her audience and has the little details about babies and momzillas down to a science. I don't know if the author realizes that some of her characters were annoying and grating. Over Nicholas Sparks' super hackneed books, I'd take this one instead though. Yes it's cliche and the cast of characters seem to have it all even when things are falling apart, but Weiner weaves a world that's worthy of a summer read. This is one of her better books (without as many editing errors).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Expectations Aug. 28 2013
Format:Paperback
Dear Miss Weiner,

At least twice in your novels you reference this Dickens novel; that is, you cite the figure Miss Havisham.

You appear to believe that this character is some sort of Victorian hoarder. She is not.

Would you please read the one literary workl of any significance you have ever mentioned? Or just the bits about MH?

Suzy
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book! July 6 2011
By R
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed this book... it was funny, light and honest. I enjoyed all the wonderful characters, and was so sad when I got to the final chapter, I didn't want it to end! I recommend it for any moms-to-be or new moms. Really good read!
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I liked the book - didn't love it. My kids are teens now so sure there were some funny parts - I could totally relate to the women in different ways - I laughed out loud on some parts. I just wasn't completely satisfied with it - i was kind of glad when it was over. I could see women just having their kids now being more entertained with these women's stories. I was getting a little bored by the end. Still a fan of her books though!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, especially for new moms! Feb. 17 2011
Format:Paperback
Being the mother of a fourteen month old boy and having just spent a year of maternity leave with other moms who were going through the ups and downs of new motherhood, I could so identify with Jennifer Weiner's characters and what they were going through. What struck me most about this book is the commonalities that all new moms share from crazy mothers-in-law to sleep deprivation. The storyline was very interesting and not too predictable. The characters were believable and the writting very witty and humorous. Not my last Jennifer Weiner read and I will highly recommend this book to all my mom friends!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great entertaining read Dec 22 2009
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I read this book when I was 7 months pregnant with my second baby. It captivated me by the 20th page, and I finished it in two days. It is an easy book to follow, and the characters are so realistic. Highly recomended especially for parents of small children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Almost
Almost as good as 'GOOD IN BED',still a decadent and fantastic novel to read even if GOOD IN BED was awesome in my eyes. This author writes with style. Read more
Published on July 28 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Vacation Reading
I'm not usually one for what comes rolling off of the bestseller lists, but when I discovered Jennifer Weiner's funny, smart books about being a woman in modern America, I was... Read more
Published on July 13 2005 by Marilyn Boje
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Wonderful page turning romance. You will not want to put this one down. Other greats are her novel "Good Inn Bed" and "Fire In The Ice" by Katlyn Stewart
Published on July 11 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Vacation Reading
I'm not usually one for what comes rolling off of the bestseller lists, but when I discovered Jennifer Weiner's funny, smart books about being a woman in modern America, I was... Read more
Published on July 7 2005 by Marilyn Boje
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Vacation Reading
I'm not usually one for what comes rolling off of the bestseller lists, but when I discovered Jennifer Weiner's funny, smart books about being a woman in modern America, I was... Read more
Published on June 30 2005 by Marilyn Boje
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I quite enjoyed this book, by the end you are at the point that you wish it would keep going. You begin to fall in love with the women and their children, and can sort of picture... Read more
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