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Little Earthquakes: A Novel (Washington Square Press) Paperback – June 28, 2005
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Ayinde is a beautiful, biracial newscaster who moves to Philadelphia after her husband, a star player for the NBA, is traded to the 76ers. She meets Becky, an overweight chef who plays the "pregnant or just fat" game every time she passes a mirror, and Kelly, an overachieving event planner who has her whole life mapped out down to the most minute details, after going into labor at a prenatal yoga class. The three become fast friends, and come to rely on each other for everything from burping techniques to intense emotional support. The group grows to include Lia, a semi-famous Hollywood starlet who leaves her husband and returns to Philly after a sudden tragedy.
While Little Earthquakes may leave little to the imagination, and some of the characters are laughably stereotypical (the Mama's boy Jewish doctor and the cheating ball player, to name a few), it is Weiner's gift for creating compelling characters with whom her readers can identify that make her such a successful storyteller. --Gisele Toueg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I also felt that some of the plotlines were not plausible. Why would these three girls suddenly become so close so quickly just because they took a yoga class together? Also, if a woman loses her child, would she really find solace in OTHER people's children? Not only does it seem creepy that she comes across as a bit of a stalker, but I just don't buy that this is how a woman deals with this kind of pain.
Eventually the story started to drag. I began to care less and less what happened to these glum women, just the opposite of how I felt about Maggie and Rose Feller of In Her Shoes.
All four main characters are well-realized, complicated, interesting women. As they negotiate new parenthood and the various changes in self, worklife, and relationships with family and partners, the characters must find their own solutions and Weiner avoids the easy answers. While Weiner does a wonderful job capturing the mundane practical dilemmas of diapering, cell phone calls from work, mothers-in-law, and so on, she also explores the challenges of how you reconceive your own family after becoming a parent, how you reshape a partnership when you go from being a couple to being a family, and how you revise your sense of self once you're a parent.
I especially appreciate how Weiner renders her main characters' male partners in nuanced tones, even while staying firmly focused on viewing the world through the four women's experiences.
This is a book I'll be giving my brother, my close friends, and my mother, among many others. It's absolutely not just for new mothers, though that's certainly one group of people who might enjoy the book. It is a compelling read for anyone interested in well-developed characters dealing with tightly plotted storylines in a well-realized physical world. Beautifully done.
WARNING: if you find yourself lost in sadness related to losing a child, this may well be a healing book, but you should be prepared to cry.
I just found all of the women EXTREMELY unrealistic. Kelly is a materialistic complainer, and can't even have a rational discussion with her husband? Instead, she gets bent out of shape because he gets laid off, and basically considers him one step above fungus? Please! No man (or woman) would stand around while their mate chastised them. The explanation of her "awful" childhood is supposed to make us understand, but instead, it made me sick to my stomach whenever it was her turn to speak in the book.
Becky, supposedly the funny one since she threw out the most sarcastic comments of the group, all of a SUDDEN changes her heart about her psychotic mother-in-law? Honestly, I was suffocating in the sugary-sweet sap this author was gagging me with here. Plus, she lets some freaky, creepy stranger into her home, etc? Way to watch out, Becky. How about we let the stalker babysit?
Ayinde....obvious character....takes her cheating husband back. I can't begin to tell you how realistic it is that she would want the other woman's phone number...sure, let's be a happy family after my husband nationally embarasses me.
Lia...ok, because so many men would just take their wives back after she ditches them for a year? Oh, and the mother is waiting with open arms after Lia selfishly leaves her for 11 years?
None of these characters were sympathetic or likeable. They complained constantly, and magically everything pulls itself together in the end. I would never recommend this book to a new mother...it would probably depress her too much.
The main character would have to be Rebecca "Becky." Rebecca is a chef of an up and coming restaurant called Mas. Becky is overweight and is feeling that no one can tell that she is pregnant. She decides to join a pregnancy yoga class where she meets some unlikely friends. Becky meets two women there who she will grow to become great friends with. Ayinde is a beautiful woman who is married to an NBA star. During the class Ayinde starts to go into labor and with the help of Becky, and Kelly who was also at the yoga class, they help her get to the hospital.
This one event causes little earthquakes to take place in all three of the major characters lives. All of the new mothers have to deal with new challenges that effect their marriages, careers, and new babies' lives. There is another character that helps the new mommies along the way. Lia has just come back to the city where she grew up after leaving her life and a terrible secret behind.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is funny, wise, happy and sad, and impossible to put down! For everyone who wants children, and everyone who already has them, this book gives you an inside look at the... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Barbara Gianelli
Loved it! I have two babies under two and found this story heartwarming, relatable, and perfect for me at this point in my life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Aya
In case you've forgotten what it's like to be a new mother, this will remind you ! I enjoyed the story but did get a bit tired of all the trials and tribulations of breast feeding... Read morePublished 2 months ago by virginia hendon