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Marta Zinsser has made her nine-year-old daughter Eva, conceived through sperm donation, her whole world. The two move from Manhattan to a wealthy Seattle suburb, where Marta plans to run a successful advertising agency from home and be close to her ailing mother. Soon however, Marta's bohemian ways stick out like a sore thumb among the impeccably groomed housewives of Bellevue. Pressured by a tenderly and believably drawn Eva to be a real mom, Marta signs up for school chaperoning and committee duties, with near-disastrous results. And when Marta falls for a handsome billionaire, she must decide whether to refocus her lone wolf self-image enough to allow a man to enter the picture. The alpha moms Marta detests are cartoonish, catty villains, and self helpese creeps into the plot gaps. But Marta is an intriguing heroine: she values freedom and toughness, but her jeans and combat boots mask vulnerability, heartbreak and fear of change. (Sept.)
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Marta Zinsser is not your typical suburban mom. Single, strong, and confident, she wears camouflage pants and chunky boots and rides a motorcycle. When her New York advertising firm asks her to open a branch in Seattle, she agrees to return to her hometown, mostly because of her mother's ill health. Now she's running her own firm out of her house, while her nine-year-old daughter is trying and failing to fit in at her new school. Eva is heartbroken, but Marta, who has never felt the need to be part of the pack, is at a loss as to how to help. Eva's subsequent attempts to change Marta into a normal mom and her sudden, not-so-subtle hints that Marta should get married and create a regular family are funny and poignant. With the increasing demands of her daughter, her ailing mother, and work, Marta's life begins to spiral out of control in a way most women will all-too-readily recognize. Porter's tale of a mother and daughter's journey to "normalcy" is keenly emotional and truly uplifting. Hatton, Maria

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  • File Size: 951 KB
  • Print Length: 410 pages
  • Publisher: 5 Spot (September 27, 2007)
  • Publication Date: September 27, 2007
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000W5MIKS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,564 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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USA Today, and New York Times bestselling author of 47 romances and women's fiction titles, Jane Porter has been a finalist for the prestigious RITA award five times, with her Tule Publishing novella, Take Me, Cowboy, winning the Novella Category July 2014. Today, Jane has over 12 million copies in print, including her wildly popular Flirting with Forty, a novel picked by Redbook Magazine as it's Red Hot Summer Read in 2006 before being turned into a Lifetime movie in 2008 starring Heather Locklear.
Jane holds an MA in Writing from the University of San Francisco and makes her home in sunny San Clemente, CA with her surfer husband three sons, and two dogs. You can learn more about Jane at janeporter.com.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Benjamin on September 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
The ad agency Marta Zinsser works for has sent her to Seattle with her pre-teen daughter, Eva. This isn't Marta's first time in the Emerald City. She grew up here. At the same time, the city's now full of pearls-wearing, twin-set clad, Mercedes-driving alpha mommies, and she's definitely out of place. Eva wishes for a mom that was a bit more traditional. Marta worries about losing her sense of identity and additional heartbreak as she copes with the realities of bringing up a child on her own. She's not looking for a man, but Luke Flynn's been looking for her his whole life.

I love Jane Porter's books. Whenever I open one, I know I'm going to walk in someone else's shoes for awhile, and I also know I won't put it down till I finish it. Marta's combat boots became pretty familiar to me as I read about the struggles of a single mom who spends her days juggling as fast as she can. I'm not a mom, but I found that Marta experiences the same insecurities and fears as all women do.

Jane's characters leap off the pages of her books and lodge in your heart. "Odd Mom Out" is her best book yet. I can't wait for the next one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melinda in Texas on November 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
In Jane Porter's novel "Odd Mom Out," the author did a terrific job of succinctly illustrating two main points: the struggle working moms have as they try to balance a satisfying career and a happy family life, and the fierce desire many women have to remain uniquely individual instead of turning into a cookie-cutter version of the stereotypical PTA mom.

One of the main reasons I enjoyed "Odd Mom Out" so much was due to the "I can relate" factor. There were so many issues in this book that either I have experienced on one level or another, or I've had friends or family who've also struggled with the same challenges characters Marta and her daughter Eva faced.

Some of the issues Marta dealt with were: balancing a successful career and a happy home life; struggling to do everything herself as a single mom; questioning how much, if any, of her unique personality and style to give up in order to not hurt or embarrass her 9-year-old daughter; fearing romantic involvement with any man again because she'd been hurt so bad in the past; and watching her dad's spirits decline as her mother's mental health deteriorated with the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

Some of the issues Eva coped with: adjusting to regional lifestyle and personality differences after moving from the East Coast to the West Coast; trying to make new friends; struggling to become a part of the "popular" girl crowd; not having as much money as the other kids who lived in her neighborhood; convincing her mom to act and dress more like a "normal" mom; not having a dad around; not looking as pretty as the other girls; and needing her mom to stop giving so much time and attention to her job and instead give it to Eva.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Homeschooling_Librarian on June 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
As a stay-at-home mother of two girls, I felt this was a very important novel. Prior to having children, I was a Marta. I was determined and strong and had a very clear idea of who I was and where I was going. I made the conscious decision to stay home and raise my daughters, but I have been quite literally at war with myself over whether or not that was the right decision, the best decision. Sure, it is what I wanted to do, but what message am I sending my girls? I never feel as though I measure up.

I found that I could relate to Marta and would hope that if Marta lived in my neighborhood, we would be friends. But, I had to be honest with myself, while sitting around the swim club and dance studio waiting rooms, I have become more of a Taylor Young. I write the PTO newsletter, coordinate the yearbook, volunteer for the book fair and holiday shop at my daughters' school. But I hate the gossip. And I abhorr the competition of material things, of my kid is smarter than yours and I volunteered more than you did. This book let me know that I am not alone in feeling like I don't quite fit.

I think the message to be yourself is wonderful. I think many of us have a tendency to get caught up in our consumer-driven society and I think we need to be reminded that we should be ourselves and do what is right for us, not just follow what everyone else is doing. I think most parents try tell their children that, but I think many of us need to look at ourselves and see if we are "practicing what we preach".

I like that Marta "gets the guy". The relationship they share is of mutual respect, they are equals and it's real. I think it is important for all of us women to remember that we can be strong and still be sexy!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Deeth VINE VOICE on July 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
Jane Porter is advertized as the author of Flirting with Forty. I've not read it. But if she writes Flirting with Fifty I surely will.

Odd Mom Out is such a fun read. Poor Marta simply doesn't fit in and doesn't want to either. But she desperately needs to fit in with the local moms soon for the sake of her child. What Marta doesn't realize is that she needs to be needed too, and not just by a daughter that's growing up too fast.

Gradually Marta learns that those who fit in might not be quite as normal or happy as they look, and those who don't won't necessarily be as different as they seem either. Meanwhile her daughter reads How to be Popular and drives her mother spare. Oh, and there's the handsome sexy motor-bike enthusiast who might be another not-fitting-in parent, if Marta could just get the chance to find out.

And there's the job. Yes, Marta's a working mom, and a happily single Mom, and a super-Mom. She runs her own company and she runs her own life, except that there's just too much juggling going on. I loved getting to know her, and her daughter, and Luke, though I wanted to scream sometimes--why couldn't she see? It felt like screaming at a friend.

My favorite scene? Well, there's the one where the parents' association are discussing raising funds for their kids' school, and Marta wants them to share with the other side of town. But the mommy mafia is diverting the conversation to laser treatments... I think I wouldn't fit in either.

Sometimes there seemed to be just a few too many twists. But why should it be simple. Marta's story is alternately hilarious and touching and sweet, and I really enjoyed reading it. Thanks again to Hachette Book Group and Nights and Weekends.
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Cover Art for Odd Mom Out. YIKES!
Yes! Exactly what I thought. Marta was supposed to be messy and non-conformist; the other moms were supposed to be perfectly turned out. What were they (the cover artists) thinking?
Jan 13, 2008 by Janis L. Suznevich |  See all 3 posts
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