sMothering by Wendy French

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First there was Bridget Jones. Then came the Nannies. Now meet Claire McLeod, a twenty-something American girl living in Portland, Oregon. Claire's got big problems: her mother's a tyrant, her sister's a lesbian, her father's in Omaha.

Claire's peaceful, if dull, existence is shattered when her mother arrives in Portland for an unexpected--and unwelcome--visit. Armed with a sharp tongue, a critical eye, and enough Weekender Wear to make anyone nervous, Mom has mysteriously left Dad at home in the Midwest. It's not enough that Claire's job as a telephone survey-taker is excruciatingly irritating and her boyfriend has dumped her. No, now, embarrassed by her dead-end job and flatlining love life, she must also bear the weight of Mom's critical eagle eye while trying to close the rift between her mother and her sister, solve the riddle of her missing father, climb a shaky corporate ladder, stalk a cute coworker, reinvent herself, and maybe--just maybe--find a little happiness.

By turns tender and insightful--but always hilariously funny--sMothering is a novel you can't put down.

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About Wendy French

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Wendy French, author of sMothering, was raised in Vancouver, Canada, where her parents unwittingly cursed her writing career by providing a happy and stable childhood. In an effort to overcome her unfortunate beginnings, she sought artistic torment at the University of Victoria, but despair eluded her. Although she earned a B.A. in Writing and English in 1994, she didn't suffer for a moment. Hoping for worse luck, she moved to Portland, Oregon, with her husband, but happiness continued to stalk her, day and night. Finally, she conceded defeat, abandoned her quest for misery, and began writing humorous women's fiction. Going Coastal is her second novel.
Published April 1, 2007 by Forge Books. 316 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Her busy-bee mom left messages with the blabbermouth receptionist wanting to know where the vacuum is and advising cotton panties for those pesky yeast infections Claire seems to have, if the contents of her medicine cabinet are any indication.

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Despite her scattered life and hand-wringing self-doubt, Claire is surprisingly mature for a post-adolescent, and female readers of all ages should relate to her great love for her family, as well as to her occasional desire to throw them all out a window.

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The execution of the formula is enjoyable enough, and Claire's musings on her quarter-life angst are unexpectedly poignant: ''My friends...had shallow savings accounts and limited imaginations, and I was always left wishing I was with someone more interesting.

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