An exuberant new novel about a modern-day superwoman who leans in so far she falls over.
Liddy James is forty-four, fit, and fabulous. One of New York’s top divorce attorneys, a bestselling author, and a mother of two, she glides through the courtrooms and salons of the Manhattan elite with ease. Despite a devastating divorce from her first love, literature professor Peter James, Liddy, Peter, and Peter’s sympathetic new partner, Rose, have formed a modern family to raise Liddy and Peter’s truculent teen and Liddy’s adorable, if fatherless, six-year-old. With her lonely and impoverished New Jersey childhood far behind her, to the outside world Liddy’s life is perfect.
Until it isn’t.
When Rose announces an unexpected pregnancy, Liddy’s beloved nanny takes flight, a high-profile divorce case becomes too personal, and child support and maintenance payments collide with a looming bill for a roof repair, Liddy realizes she might have finally bitten off more than she can chew. Sharply written and deftly observed, The Real Liddy James offers a sparkling glimpse into the demanding world of New York’s fast-paced career women, challenging convention and asking the question: When the cost of having it all becomes too high, can we value living another way?
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From the Hardcover edition.