The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days by Ian Frazier
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If you are having a bad day — or even if you are not — run, do not walk, to your nearest bookstore and purchase The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days.
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Based on his widely read columns for The New Yorker, Ian Frazier's uproarious first novel, The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days, centers on a profoundly memorable character, sprung from an impressively fertile imagination. Structured as a daybook of sorts, the book follows the Cursing Mommy—beleaguered wife of Larry and mother of two boys, twelve and eight—as she tries (more or less) valiantly to offer tips on how to do various tasks around the home, only to end up on the ground, cursing, surrounded by broken glass. Her voice is somewhere between Phyllis Diller's and Sylvia Plath's: a hilariously desperate housewife with a taste for swearing and large glasses of red wine, who speaks to the frustrations of everyday life.
Frazier has demonstrated an astonishing ability to operate with ease in a variety of registers: from On the Rez, an investigation into the lives of modern day Oglala Sioux written with a mix of humor, compassion, and imagination, to Dating Your Mom, a sidesplitting collection of humorous essays that imagines, among other things, how and why you might begin a romance with your mother. Here, Frazier tackles another genre with his usual grace and aplomb, as well as an extra helping of his trademark wicked wit. The Cursing Mommy's failures and weaknesses are our own—and Frazier gives them a loving, satirical spin that is uniquely his own.

 

About Ian Frazier

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Ian Frazier is the author of Great Plains, The Fish’s Eye, On the Rez, Family, and Travels in Siberia, as well as Coyote v. Acme, Dating Your Mom, and Lamentations of the Father, all published by FSG. A frequent contributor to The New Yorker, he lives in Montclair, New Jersey.
 
Published October 2, 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 253 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Judith Newman on Nov 02 2012

Frazier has imbued “The Cursing Mommy” with quite serious intent. The book offers oblique commentary on climate change, health care companies and the educational system.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Laura Eggertson on Oct 26 2012

If you are having a bad day — or even if you are not — run, do not walk, to your nearest bookstore and purchase The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days.

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