Class Mom: A Novel

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Henry Holt and Company, Aug 1, 2017 - Fiction - 336 pages
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Laurie Gelman’s clever debut novel about a year in the life of a kindergarten class mom—a brilliant send-up of the petty and surprisingly cutthroat terrain of parent politics.

Jen Dixon is not your typical Kansas City kindergarten class mom—or mom in general. Jen already has two college-age daughters by two different (probably) musicians, and it’s her second time around the class mom block with five-year-old Max—this time with a husband and father by her side. Though her best friend and PTA President sees her as the “wisest” candidate for the job (or oldest), not all of the other parents agree.

From recording parents’ response times to her emails about helping in the classroom, to requesting contributions of “special” brownies for curriculum night, not all of Jen’s methods win approval from the other moms. Throw in an old flame from Jen’s past, a hyper-sensitive “allergy mom,” a surprisingly sexy kindergarten teacher, and an impossible-to-please Real Housewife-wannabe, causing problems at every turn, and the job really becomes much more than she signed up for.

Relatable, irreverent, and hilarious in the spirit of Maria Semple, Class Mom is a fresh, welcome voice in fiction—the kind of novel that real moms clamor for, and a vicarious thrill-read for all mothers, who will be laughing as they are liberated by Gelman’s acerbic truths.

 

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User Review  - mcelhra - LibraryThing

Jen Dixon has somehow found herself in the position of class mom (what some call room mother) of her son Max’s kindergarten class. This isn’t her first rodeo – she has two young-adult daughters ... Read full review

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User Review  - MandiLeighJohnson - LibraryThing

This book was cute. The main character does and says all of the things we only think about when it comes to dealing with school and relationship issues. I didn't "laugh out loud" but I chuckled a bit. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
9
Section 3
19
Section 4
24
Section 5
39
Section 6
50
Section 7
60
Section 8
69
Section 14
146
Section 15
167
Section 16
183
Section 17
198
Section 18
207
Section 19
214
Section 20
229
Section 21
244

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
124
Section 13
136
Section 22
253
Section 23
272
Section 24
284
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About the author (2017)

Laurie Gelman was born and raised in the Great White North. She spent twenty-five years as a broadcaster in both Canada and the United States before trying her hand at writing novels. Laurie lives in New York City with her husband, Michael Gelman, and two teenage daughters. Class Mom is her first book.

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