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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Nov. 12 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1443429538
  • ISBN-13: 978-1443429535
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #201,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Unexpectedly funny and remarkably wise.”—Marissa Stapley, bestselling author of Mating for Life

“Unputdownable.”—Roberta Rich, author of The Midwife of Venice

"I thoroughly enjoyed it. Kate Hilton has created a warm, memorable and insightful heroine."—Joy Fielding, author of Someone is Watching

“Honest, deeply moving—and really, really funny.”—Jennifer Robson, international bestselling author of Somewhere in France

“Hilton’s novel beautifully captures the daily grind and obstacles women face in a story that continually entertains…Accurate, humorous, and gentle.”—Leah Eichler, columnist for the Globe & Mail

“Clever and compelling …with equal measures of hilarity and heartbreak.”—Lori Nelson Spielman, Author of The Life List  --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

KATE HILTON has worked in law, higher education, public relations, fundraising and publishing. She has an English degree from McGill University and a law degree from the University of Toronto. She holds down a day job, volunteers for community organizations, raises two boys, cooks, collects art, reads voraciously and likes her husband. In her free time, she writes. On good days, she thinks she might have it all. On bad days, she wants a nap.

WEB: KATEHILTON.COM

FACEBOOK: KATE HILTON

TWITTER: @KATEMHILTON

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A friend told me about this book and I'm so glad she did! Once I started I couldn't put it down.

Sophie's life is infinitely relatable for any woman balancing work and children. Like all working moms, Sophie experiences the highs and lows of juggling it all. Sophie's trials at work feel familiar to anyone who has navigated office politics. The Hole in the Middle brings to light what it is to be married in the heavy lifting years with a sensitive and humorous touch and reminds us that we all have a Will Shannon in our pasts. This book made me laugh out loud at times and put a lump in my throat at others. It's well-written, smart and reads quickly. A terrific debut novel.
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This book is for everyone. Yes, thirty something females trying to juggle work, home, husband, extended family and children will see themselves in all or part of this story. But anyone who struggles with balancing the demands of a busy and complicated life will also relate to it. It would be a mistakes to label this book as just "Chick-Lit". The story is engrossing (I couldn't stop reading)and extremely well-written and the characters well-developed. This is really a story about friendship and love and I had tears in my eyes when I finished. This is an amazing debut novel from a very talented author.
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I read this book during a dark week in my life. Lots of things, big and little, going wrong at home and at work. Reading Sophie's travails provided the impossible bright spot during my funk. This is strange, as it felt like a lot more of the same on the pages. Maybe these things are funnier when they happen to someone else. Or maybe it really does help to find out you're not alone. Either way, thank you Sophie!
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I was completely seduced by the the characters in this story and their quirky development. I was surprised how quickly I began participating in the story - predicting developments in characters and being surprised - and not because I was right - by the twists and turns that they take during the arc of the story.

I think it is fair to say that anyone with a life that is more interesting than that of the average drone bee will find elements of themselves in this story - their life struggles, triumphs and losses. Most important - everyone will be moved by the experience.

People will be tempted to pigeon hole this book in the women's category but I think everyone will enjoy it!
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Kate Hilton's debut novel awed me with its insight and honesty, had me in turn laughing out loud and crying silently, and left me wondering who will play Sophie in the movie which must be made.

Sophie has a hole in her middle. She is stretched to the point of exhaustion, sickness and self-doubt by working full time as communications director at a hospital, caring for her young family, being a dutiful daughter of a demanding mother and, in her view, failing on all fronts. As her husband's start-up requires him to spend more time with his attractive and needy co-founder, Sophie reexamines her life before marriage, wondering whether she chose wisely.

During her last year of university, Sophie lived at Lillian Parker's house with Lillian, Lillian's nephew Will and Will's friend AJ. Lil is the very best sort of fairy godmother: wise, wealthy, generous, fun and constant. AJ and Will - well, college boys with a twist. My favorite characters, after Lil of course, are Sophie's bad boss Barry ( aka the Blowfish) and her ever petulant, inappropriately named assistant Joy. Passive aggressive Joy and old boy Barry deliver enough one two punches to land Sophie literally on the floor under her desk.

Ms. Hilton exquisitely evokes the existential angst which plagues working mothers, yet laughs with us, for us and at us. She reassures us we are not alone, reminds of the importance of the sisterhood, and demonstrates the balance battle is worth fighting and can be won. More broadly and importantly, Ms. Hilton sifts through the apparent chaos of Sophie's life to focus on what really matters: love, family, laughter, friendship, integrity and gratitude.
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What does it mean to have it all? Thanks to Anne Marie Slaughter and Sheryl Sandberg, this conversation about women in the workforce who juggle ambitious careers, family commitments and personal goals takes up more than its share of ink in media outlets today. What's missing from this dialogue is any real insight into these women's lives. Hilton's novel beautifully captures the daily grind and obstacles women face in a story that continually entertains. Who would have guessed that reading an episode in the life of a 40-year old executive would keep me glued to my seat, vacillating between laughter and tears? While incredibly funny, the novel is written with a level of sophistication that caters to the intellectual side of her readers. Women "of a certain age" rarely get the opportunity to see themselves presented in a way that is accurate, humorous and gentle. I can visualize the screenplay now.
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Smart, endearing and honest - this book reads like my journal on its very best, and worst, days. Delightfully written, I happily spent my long weekend living through Sophie's heaven and hell. A super read. Enjoy.
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