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I Don't Know How She Does It: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,441 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Allison Pearson Narrator: Josephine Bailey Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For every woman trying to strike that impossible balance between work and home—and pretending that she has—and for every woman who has wanted to hurl the acquaintance who coos admiringly, “Honestly, I just don’t know how you do it,” out a window, here’s a novel to make you cringe with recognition and laugh out loud. With fierce, unsentimental irony, Allison Pearson’s novel brilliantly dramatizes the dilemma of working motherhood at the start of the twenty-first century.

Meet Kate Reddy, hedge-fund manager and mother of two. She can juggle nine different currencies in five different time zones and get herself and two children washed and dressed and out of the house in half an hour. In Kate’s life, Everything Goes Perfectly as long as Everything Goes Perfectly. She lies to her own mother about how much time she spends with her kids; practices pelvic floor squeezes in the boardroom; applies tips from Toddler Taming to soothe her irascible boss; uses her cell phone in the office bathroom to procure a hamster for her daughter’s birthday (“Any working mother who says she doesn’t bribe her kids can add Liar to her résumé”); and cries into the laundry hamper when she misses her children’s bedtime.

In a novel that is at once uproariously funny and achingly sad, Allison Pearson captures the guilty secret lives of working women—the self-recrimination, the comic deceptions, the giddy exhaustion, the despair—as no other writer has. Kate Reddy’s conflict—how are we meant to pass our days? How are we to reconcile the two passions, work and motherhood, that divide our lives?—gets at the private absurdities of working motherhood as only a novel could: with humor, drama, and bracing wisdom.

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Quotes & Awards

  • One of the 2002 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Reviews

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Review by Jeni | 2/16/2014

    " Blek. I read to escape, not immerse myself in what isn't going well! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Review by Lauryn Angel | 1/26/2014

    " I don't know why I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Kate | 1/16/2014

    " I recognised far too much of myself in Kate Reddy but loved it all the same! Such an accurate reflection of the stressful, relentless life of a working woman in London and, I imagine, with a family. Complete chick lit but an enjoyable easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Anki | 1/11/2014

    " I liked it far better the second time I read it. After having two kids an been back att work for some time I can more easily relate to Kate Reddy. "

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About the Author
Author Allison Pearson

Allison Pearson, an award-winning journalist and author, is a staff writer for the London Daily Telegraph. Her first novel, I Don’t Know How She Does It, became an international bestseller and was made into a movie starring Sarah Jessica Parker. Pearson is a patron of Camfed, a charity that supports the education of thousands of African girls. She lives in Cambridge with her husband and their two children.

About the Narrator

Josephine Bailey’s impeccable narrations include the British classics Jane Eyre and The Secret Garden. She has also used her subtly nuanced style to enliven historical fiction and light romances. She has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.