Man of the Month Club

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G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2006 - Fiction - 307 pages
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A tart, funny, original novel about a would be single mom's quest to find the right man at the right time, with unexpected- and entertaining-consequences.

Amy Stokes has made a fortune designing and selling cutesy luxury baby products for her own fancy London boutique. But, ironically, she has never liked babies. Amy would rather stay out late with her friends, and spend her money living the fabulous life-designer clothes, a BMW convertible, a chic modernist apartment with roof garden.

However, at thirty-nine, a few unplanned events turn Amy's life inside out. She finds a baby abandoned on the doorstep of her store, accidentally runs over her dog, and a couple of her closest friends become pregnant. Suddenly, after years of utter silence, her biological clock starts ticking-and loudly. In a rush of optimism, Amy decides she wants to try for a baby, and she goes after her goal with the same entrepreneurial can-do spirit that's always worked in the past. But since she doesn't have a husband, or even a boyfriend, she must find an acceptable guy to knock her up.

Amy gives herself twelve months to accomplish her goal, which leads to a merry-go-round of potential winners and losers she dubs "the man of the month club." Yet she discovers that choosing a father for her child is entirely different from creating a business plan. And just when it looks like she might have found the perfect man, fate throws another curveball her way.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A London boutique owner on the cusp of turning 40 finds herself seized by the maternal instinct in British actress Clune's sarcastic, forced debut.Every year, Amy Stokes's motley group of friends ... Read full review

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Though 39-year-old Amy Stokes is one of London's "leading designers in baby kitsch," she claims to have no interest in "succumbing to the hideous shackle of baby-and-chain." But when the financially ... Read full review


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About the author (2006)

Jackie Clune studied drama at Kent University. After six years as an academic at London University, she became well known as a cabaret singer, comedian, writer, radio broadcaster, and actress, even appearing on the BBC's wildly popular EastEnderstelevision show. Clune lives with her husband and children.

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