Insightful, introspective, and oh so much fun to read, A Window Opens (August 2015) meets at the crossroads of a mother’s middle-aged definition of “having it all” and realizing she can’t.
On the crux of turning forty, suburban minded mother of three Alice Pearse finds herself in a financial tangle when her husband fails to make partner at his law firm. Momentarily stunned when she realizes that her beloved part-time job isn’t enough to hold down the fort, Alice recovers by finding her dream job working for an up-and-coming, cutting-edge book cafe.
But what looks like a dream on paper seldom turns out to be in real life. Now Alice must juggle the demands of motherhood with her new demands at a job that perhaps expects way too much. In addition, Alice is struggling with the seriously progressive illness of a beloved family member and a husband dealing with his own middle-aged crisis. Something has got to give.
Told with warmth, reverence, and a stealth-like focus on the things that go unsaid as meaningless niceties take their place, Alice stands for something better as she races to hold it all together. You will cheer her on as she reminds us that nothing is ever as it seems.
Highly recommended for every urban and suburban mom who knows fully the impossible task she faces each day but gives each day her all in spite of it.
Reviewed by Maria Ryan
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