In the tradition of Little Earthquakes, Babyville and I Don’t Know How She Does It: the effervescent, canny, and downright delightful debut of Polly Williams, a spirited new voice in women’s fiction.
Amy Crane’s daughter, the exquisite and sweet-tempered Evie, is six months old. And Amy — who’s trying to decide whether to resume her high-pressure job in PR — adores her. But these days, Amy doesn’t exactly adore herself.
Even worse, the whole time she’s feeling invisible and about as attractive as a barnyard animal, Amy suspects that Evie’s father, Joe, is having an affair. Then Amy meets Alice, who seems to have this mommy thing down: She’s single-girl-slender, for one thing, with groomed eyebrows, a smooth forehead, and killer clothes. Plus she has a sex life. In short, she’s a Yummy Mummy, one of a new breed who manage to make motherhood look positively sexy. Under Alice’s tutelage, Amy discovers that she’s got some yumminess of her own. Joe takes notice, as does her handsome Pilates instructor. But once Amy’s libido awakens from its extended slumber, a whole new set of problems develops.
Filled with acute perceptions of the challenges faced by new moms, as well as the uniquely terrifying landscape of new motherhood, The Yummy Mummy is as endearing — and as refreshing — as a baby who sleeps through the night.
“Witty, moving, beautifully written.” –Wendy Holden, author of Bad Heir Day
“This wonderful novel dissects the impossible myth of the yummy mummy with warmth, poignancy and humor. Polly Williams is a brilliant new talent.” —Mail on Sunday
“This peek at the contradictory heart of modern mothering is clever, funny and very true.”–In Style UK
It?s just as well that I stopped caring whether men looked at me after that. Because they don?t, not even a quick double take. Now I can weave through crowds without the slightest sexual ripple. Like a woman in her sixties, perhaps, or i
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