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Three British mothers decide that it's time their 34-year-old sons start to act like mature grownups. And if their sons aren't going to get with the program on their own, it's high time for a little maternal nudging. Each son has problems: Daniel has just been through a bad breakup and can think of few things worse than his mother, Gillian, nagging him about his bachelor state; Paul, Helen's son, who reminds her of her first husband, has never come out to her even though she knows he's gay; Carol's son, Matt, seems stuck in a life as shallow and glossy as Balls!-the magazine he works for. The result is an excellent comic novel that interweaves the romance, humor and pathos of three complicated families. Though it at first appears to be a simple roast of overly interfering mothers, the novel reveals itself to be a story of every mother's desire to receive in return some small measure of the love they have given. (Apr.)
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'Everyone in my family, from my teenaged daughter to my husband and mother-in-law, has got something out of it besides laughter' Amanda Craig, Independent 'Very funny A convincing, moving portrait of an evolving relationship between mother and adult son' Guardian 'Brilliantly observed, howlingly funny and, if you have a son, all too recognisable' Woman and Home 'A moving meditation on miscommunications between sexes, across generations and over dinner tables' Financial Times

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (May 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747596522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747596523
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,382,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Debbi Feiner on April 25, 2008
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Being the mom of a 36 year-old son myself, I was naturally drawn to the story of these three women wanting to get to know their sons better. I'm glad mine is happily married though, so I wouldn't have to make the bold move they did here. At times I wanted to yell "NOOOO!" at their antics, but I have to say that overall it was well-written, amusing, touching and not-so-Hollywood-perfect like I was dreading by the conclusion. Carol and Matt, Helen and Paul, and Gillian and Daniel will stay with you after you'be finished the book. Great, quick read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LISA M. BECK on October 8, 2010
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I stumbled upon this book at just the right time in my life. I'm 51 with a 21 year old son who does not live with me. So I relate well to the mothers' points of view. The author described aging as if he were a woman himself! Very insightful. I LOVED this book. It made me laugh and cry. Highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FiftyNinth on August 28, 2008
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I found this book by pure chance, but I am very glad I did. I recommend it highly. It wasn't the book I expected it to be, and that was a good surprise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharona, Berlin MD on August 30, 2013
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Fun book, on different people, different way of live.
mothers and sons, way to live together. always be happy with what you have.
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