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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press; Reprint edition (June 28 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743470109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743470100
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.8 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #112,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 14 2005
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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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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 hooked. The third novel, Little Earthquakes, is just as satisfying as Good in Bed and In Her Shoes.
Three women are brought together in a pre-natal yoga class. Each one comes from a different background, but one thing they do have in common, besides being pregnant, is that each one seems to have the perfect life. Becky is married to a doctor with a successful practice, and despite having the mother-in-law from Hell, manages to maintain her sense of humor and balance. Kelly is a consultant, striving to escape her roots of poverty and hand-me-downs, and putting together the perfect life. Ayinde is married to a celebrity, trying to keep her life as 'normal' as possible despite the price of fame. When Ayinde goes into labor, and her husband is off playing a game somewhere, the friendship between the three women is bonded together.
And then there is the first person narrator, Lia, who sees these three women, and longs to be a part of them. Is she a stalker, crazy or is there something more? As with any of Jennifer Weiner's novels, there are plenty of twists and turns, as we get to know this quartet of women, and their problems and joys.
For Becky, it's Mimi, and the fact that her husband, Andrew, won't stand up to her. For Kelly, it's her husband, Steve, who loses his job and turns into a couch potato -- and discovering that it's not what she thought to be a working mother. And Ayinde may be enduring the most difficult situation of all when her husband comes home smelling of another woman's perfume.
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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 hooked. The third novel, Little Earthquakes, is just as satisfying as Good in Bed and In Her Shoes.
Three women are brought together in a pre-natal yoga class. Each one comes from a different background, but one thing they do have in common, besides being pregnant, is that each one seems to have the perfect life. Becky is married to a doctor with a successful practice, and despite having the mother-in-law from Hell, manages to maintain her sense of humor and balance. Kelly is a consultant, striving to escape her roots of poverty and hand-me-downs, and putting together the perfect life. Ayinde is married to a celebrity, trying to keep her life as 'normal' as possible despite the price of fame. When Ayinde goes into labor, and her husband is off playing a game somewhere, the friendship between the three women is bonded together.
And then there is the first person narrator, Lia, who sees these three women, and longs to be a part of them. Is she a stalker, crazy or is there something more? As with any of Jennifer Weiner's novels, there are plenty of twists and turns, as we get to know this quartet of women, and their problems and joys.
For Becky, it's Mimi, and the fact that her husband, Andrew, won't stand up to her. For Kelly, it's her husband, Steve, who loses his job and turns into a couch potato -- and discovering that it's not what she thought to be a working mother. And Ayinde may be enduring the most difficult situation of all when her husband comes home smelling of another woman's perfume.
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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 hooked. The third novel, Little Earthquakes, is just as satisfying as Good in Bed and In Her Shoes.
Three women are brought together in a pre-natal yoga class. Each one comes from a different background, but one thing they do have in common, besides being pregnant, is that each one seems to have the perfect life. Becky is married to a doctor with a successful practice, and despite having the mother-in-law from Hell, manages to maintain her sense of humor and balance. Kelly is a consultant, striving to escape her roots of poverty and hand-me-downs, and putting together the perfect life. Ayinde is married to a celebrity, trying to keep her life as 'normal' as possible despite the price of fame. When Ayinde goes into labor, and her husband is off playing a game somewhere, the friendship between the three women is bonded together.
And then there is the first person narrator, Lia, who sees these three women, and longs to be a part of them. Is she a stalker, crazy or is there something more? As with any of Jennifer Weiner's novels, there are plenty of twists and turns, as we get to know this quartet of women, and their problems and joys.
For Becky, it's Mimi, and the fact that her husband, Andrew, won't stand up to her. For Kelly, it's her husband, Steve, who loses his job and turns into a couch potato -- and discovering that it's not what she thought to be a working mother. And Ayinde may be enduring the most difficult situation of all when her husband comes home smelling of another woman's perfume.
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