- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Delta (Feb. 6 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385333412
- ISBN-13: 978-0385333412
- Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.7 x 20.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 227 g
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,066,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dating Big Bird: A Novel Paperback – Feb 6 2001
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"A page-turner...this astute novel explores -- hilariously -- the mind-set of pregnant woman, toddlerettes and the fashion world."
"Keeps you hooked from the first line."
-- New York Post
From the Inside Flap
isn't in love with Big Bird. After all, he's a big yellow Sesame Street character -- and she's an intelligent single woman with a fabulous job. On the other hand, Big Bird is looking like a better candidate for fatherhood every day: he's tall, affectionate, and steadily employed. And right now, for Ellen, thirty-five years old and dying to have a baby, almost any father will do.
In her hilarious and heartbreaking new novel, Laura Zigman, bestselling author of Animal Husbandry, explores what happens when the life we've chosen isn't that life we expected it to be. And at this point Ellen Franck is rethinking all her choices.
Mired in a relationship with a man who is better at brooding than breeding, sister to a woman who can't seem to stop having babies, and working under a boss who is about to have the baby shower of the decade, Ellen knows the path to motherhood is clear. All she has to do is leave her relationship, horrify her family, find an anonymous f
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Ellen Franck is a normal, mid-thirties woman with a fantastic job, decent friends, a normal family, and a relationship. But the satisfaction of living the good life is eluding her. What exactly would make her life perfect? Like many people of her age and station in life, she realizes a baby would make her life complete. She's not just looking for a plaything, or "someone to love me". She wants the whole relationship, and craves the mother-child bond so much it hurts. But how does she make the fairy tale come true without a soulmate? And when she knows her fairy tale won't be the traditional kind? What Ellen wants is what some of us have, and others can only dream of: that perfect relationship that can only exist between mother and child, the perfect love you feel for that little person that calls you "Mom".
As Ellen navigates her way through her career, coworkers, family, friends, and relationship with a man not emotionally in the same place as she is, her needs and wants clarify in her mind. And she brings her readers along on a very funny journey to the realization of where she really wants to be.
Zigman has a great way with words. This story is very funny, and her descriptions of the other characters will leave you snickering out loud. The dialogue is real, and the supporting cast seem very familiar--we must all know people similar to these. Women of all ages will relate to this story, whether you have kids or not. Great light reading, engaging until the end.
Ellen is not alone in her insatiable baby quest. She encounters an old high-school rival who is pretending that her sibling's baby is her own, something Ellen often fantasizes about with her own niece. Together, the two pledge that they will decide what to do about their baby lust at the end of the nine months and then take the necessary steps to achieve it. Along the way, Ellen's romantic life takes twists and turns as does her professional one and a cast of supporting characters, some more interesting than others, dart in and out.
The title comes from Ellen's realization that Big Bird, the sensitive, lovable bird from Sesame Street, really is the perfect father. It's an interesting enough idea, and the execution is fine, decently written with some really funny moments. But ultimately, I found it unsatisfying, too neat and contrived. That's expected in the genre to some extent yet the glimpses Zigman offered of sharper edges made me hope, I suppose, for a little less shmarm. Still, it's a nice enough way to spend a few hours, as long as you're not expecting a masterpiece.
Ellen Franck is a real, vivid and immensely funny character. Ellen is not overly bitter or pitying. Ms. Zigman keeps Ellen out of the pity pool and in turn, makes Ellen's exploration of the life of a single, thirty something mommy wannabe very real, funny and endearing. I could totally relate to Ellen's own inner struggle and her relationships with family and friends. Basically, I loved this book and the fact that it makes you laugh at a subject that very easily could make one cry.
My only disappointment is the ending, but then again there is always hope for a sequel.
Ellen is supported by a wonderful cast of characters who are both hysterical and endearing. You will want to pick up this quick, funny and heartwarming read to discover Ellen's fate. By the end of the book Ellen learns, and we are reminded, that life happens when you begin living it.
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