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Maternity Leave: A Novel Hardcover – September 1, 2015
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“Those first few days after you’ve popped out your brand-new baby are epic, and author Julie Halpern depicts this roller coaster with wit, warmth, and authenticity in her novel Maternity Leave. Edgy yet still breezy, this novel flies by faster than those weeks on maternity leave. Read it with a baby on your boob for relatable belly laughs.” ―PARENTS Magazine
“It is exactly what its title suggests: the story of a first maternity leave, of coming to grips with that all-consuming yet often maddening few weeks after the arrival of a baby. This is a book for readers who did not love their child's infancy; if that's you, expect flashbacks.” ―New York Times's Motherlode
“The novel follows a 36-year-old middle school teacher who humorously attempts to navigate maternity leave, body issues, childless friends and late night QVC watching following the birth of her child.” ―Chicago Tribune
“Hilarious and perceptive.” ―Library Journal
“Maternity Leave is the laugh-out-loud funny novel you'll beg all your "mommy" friends to read, and also a keenly observed portrayal of the most challenging time of life, so complex and unpredictable that all the parenting how-to books in the world aren't enough to prep you for -the first three months of your child's life.” ―Julia Fierro, author of Cutting Teeth
“Maternity Leave is a hilarious, poignant, almost painfully accurate look at the first few months of motherhood. It begins with a hysterical birth scene and takes us through Annie's transformation from a self-involved, Buffy-obsessed geek-type person into a full-fledged mom, all without losing her basic identity. It's warm and funny and very, very real. I loved this book!” ―Maddie Dawson, author of The Opposite of Maybe
About the Author
Julie Halpern is the author of several books, including Meant to Be, Maternity Leave, and Don't Stop Now. Prior to her life as full-time mom and author, Julie was a school librarian. In her imaginary spare time, she enjoys traveling, watching television for grown-ups, and eating baked goods. Julie lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, author and illustrator Matthew Cordell, and their two children.