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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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This book is charming. It is however baby oriented, so be aware, and also gets a bit syrupy at the end,Published 1 month ago by Eris
Dear Miss Weiner,
At least twice in your novels you reference this Dickens novel; that is, you cite the figure Miss Havisham. Read more
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! Read morePublished on July 6 2011 by R
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... Read morePublished on March 29 2011 by M. Morning
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... Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2011 by Pauline LeBlanc
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. Read morePublished on Dec 22 2009 by Book Momma
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 morePublished on July 28 2005