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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (97 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maria Beaumont Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On the eve of her thirty-seventh birthday, former voice-over artist Fran Clark finds herself in a role she could never have envisioned: that of a surprisingly desperate housewife, suffocating in her life despite, or because of, her ad-exec husband and two children. She’s far too cynical to take suburban life too seriously—“if it weren’t for the Happy Meal, several thousand women would have murdered their children”—yet she can’t seem to stop herself from entering a panicky, drink-enhanced spiral downward to rock-bottom depression. It will take her children and her two best friends counting on her more than they’d ever dreamed for her to find the inner strength to rebuild her life.

Fran’s completely flawed yet charming personality narrates this funny, self-deprecating tale about one woman’s brutally candid trip to the brink and back.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A carefully observed account of one mother’s struggle to claw back an identity of her own.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • “Enjoyable mommy lit, aided by ample doses of British humor, breezy storytelling, and an upbeat feel even in the down moments.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Kate Reading’s bravura performance nails down every character…Reading turns this amiable novel into a tour de force performance that is funny, fast-moving, and fearless.”

    Publishers Weekly audio review

  • “[Fran] may be a desperate housewife, but her observations about life near forty are hilarious.”


  • “A gift for dissatisfied housewives.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Berit | 9/28/2013

    " A roller-coaster of a year! Worth reading for the acknowledgments page alone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Patti | 8/15/2013

    " I hated this woman the first half of the book. She was too whiny, too drunk, too...everything. Still, she got better, and so did the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ted | 5/21/2013

    " brit chick list with a twist. Funny and serious, a surprise. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jennifer | 11/2/2012

    " I was looking for a little summertime candy when I picked up this book. What I found instead was a terribly annoying main character and a story that has been written before. The portrayal of snobby elementary school culture was funny, however. "

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About the Author

Maria Beaumont had careers as a dance instructor and in advertising before turning to writing. She lives with her husband, novelist Matt Beaumont, and their two children in London.