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

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Oct 1, 2002 - Fiction - 352 pages
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Delightfully smart and heartbreakingly poignant, Allison Pearson’s smash debut novel has exploded onto bestseller lists as “The national anthem for working mothers.” Hedge-fund manager, wife, and mother of two, Kate Reddy manages to juggle nine currencies in five time zones and keep in step with the Teletubbies. But when she finds herself awake at 1:37 a.m. in a panic over the need to produce a homemade pie for her daughter’s school, she has to admit her life has become unrecognizable. With panache, wisdom, and uproarious wit, I Don’t Know How She Does It brilliantly dramatizes the dilemma of every working mom.


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Oh, this book...I spent 80% of it so aggravated with the heroine that I wanted to throw the thing across the room, and the other 20% laughing at the surprisingly witty prose. There were great one ... Read full review

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I read this a long time ago, but I remember liking the read quite a bit. It's pretty casual. It's quick. And it's relatable. Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Allison Pearson, named Critic of the Year and Interviewer of the Year in the British Press Awards, is a weekly columnist in the London Evening Standard and a member of the BBC’s Newsnight Review panel. She lives in London with her husband, the New Yorker writer Anthony Lane, and their two children.


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