A Working Mother by Agnes Owens

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This novel is a tragi-comedy about Betty, a working mother, and her hard-drinking husband, unintelligent lover, decrepit employer, fortune-telling friend and two smart-mouthed children. Angela Owens has also written "Gentlemen of the West" and "Birds in the Wilderness".
 

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Agnes Owens has been married twice and raised seven children, and has also worked as a cleaner, typist and factory worker. Her books include People Like That and For the Love of Willie, which was shortlisted for the 1998 Stakis Prize. Her short stories have also appeared alongside those of her friends and fellow authors James Kelman and Alasdair Gray in Lean Tales. Bad Attitudes, which consists of two novellas (Bad Attitudes and Jen's Party), was longlisted for the 2003 Saltire Literary Awards.
 
Published January 1, 1995 by ABACUS. 160 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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While Adam then whiles away the hours avoiding his kids and getting squiffy with Brendan at the local pub, Betty is hard at work regaling Mr. Robson with anecdotes about her recent escapades, in and out of the house, for the ``study'' he's writing, tentatively titled Human Behavior in Animals.

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Expertly wrought and darkly comic, this novel, set in Scotland 10 years after WWII, relates domestic trials and workplace tribulations through the ironic, grim outlook of a narrator known only as Bett

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Expertly wrought and darkly comic, this novel, set in Scotland 10 years after WWII, relates domestic trials and workplace tribulations through the ironic, grim outlook of a narrator known only as Betty.

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