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The Hole In The Middle Paperback – Nov 12 2013
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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.
FACEBOOK: KATE HILTON
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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.
Most recent customer reviews
I wonder who rates this book 5 stars and gives it a glowing review? Is it family and friends of the writer who want to increase sales?. Read morePublished 4 months ago by The Condor
Enjoyed the story very much, well developed characters, hard to put down
Interesting, an easy read and well written!
Would be a great addition to any vacation, sunday afternoon or day at the cottage!
Congrats on your first novel Ms. Hilton!
Loved this book!! It's chick lit at its best!! The writing is candid, intelligent, and witty - making for a truly satisfying read! Read morePublished on March 3 2014 by Arlene
HarperCollines|November 4, 2013|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-1-44342-953-5
Sophie Whelan is the epitome of the modern superwoman. Read more
I loved my look at the corporate world, from the viewpoint of a woman who is trying to do it all. She's an executive in a large hospital as well as being a wife, mother, and... Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2014 by Susan Schleicher
There comes a time in a woman's life when they hit the milestone fortieth birthday that causes them to reflect back on their life's journey ... Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2014 by Jersey Girl Book Reviews / Jersey Girl Sizzling Book Reviews