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Mommy Club, The Hardcover – April 1, 1991
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From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture - perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. See more
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From Publishers Weekly
Torments both hilarious and distressing befall Trudy, the dreamer heroine of this witty and bittersweet novel, as, delivering on a promise made to herself when she had an abortion years before, she becomes a surrogate mother. A 38-year-old sculptor of whimsical clay objects who works at the San Antonio (Tex.) Museum of Folk Art, Trudy agrees to provide a baby for her infertile yuppie boss, Hillary Goettler. Moving into the Goettlers' posh and highly organized home proves problematic as their idealized plans to have Trudy produce the perfect baby clash with her own more spontaneous lifestyle. Nauseated by the health food Hillary imposes upon her, resentful at being treated more as a breeding vessel than a person, annoyed by Hillary's "sympathetic pregnancy" and suffering her own all-too-real cravings and physical changes, Trudy seeks affection from her old love, a sexual dynamo named Sinclair. Bird's ( The Boyfriend School ) incisive humor, deft characterization, especially of the unpredictable, strangely enviable Trudy, and the surprising, poignant resolution make this unusual tale memorable.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
A turkey baster plays an important role in the impregnation of Bird's latest quirky heroine, Trudy Herring. Haunted by the memory of a long-ago abortion, Trudy agrees to serve as a surrogate mother for a shallow Yuppie couple. The city of San Antonio shines as Trudy relives past memories and searches for a lost love in this culturally diverse city. In The Mommy Club , motherhood and pregnan cy receive the Bird treatment, a fresh, keen, and humorous observation of yet another facet of the female experience. Missing are the chortles and guffaws that characterized the author's two previous novels, The Boyfriend School and Alamo House, which may disappoint her many fans. Readers may also experience a sense of divided loyalties as the cheering for Trudy's success is tempered by sympathy for the childless couple who in the end are the losers.
- Lydia Burruel Johnson, Mesa P.L., Ariz.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top customer reviews
I think this is the reason she agrees to be a surraget mother to a wealthy couple. Trudy seems to think that since her own life is not really wants she hoped for maybe she can find it by providing someone else with a child that hopefully will be able to grow up in a loving enviroment. What she finds is not what she expected. I hate to sound trite but money is not going to help in this case.
This book is so well wrritten that even the bad situations are humorous. Sarah Bird is able to do this by not making fun of the characters but developing them so they all realize the absurdity in their own actions. It is difficult in my mind to find a book with bitter sweetness that is at all interesting. I highly recommend this book. I am sure I will be buying more of her books to read.
I have never heard of Sarah Bird, but I am really enjoying this novel. I must confess it was hard going at first, but kept plugging away and now, it's a really enjoyable book that I couldn't put down! I would never be a surrograte mom ~~ especially after reading about how Hilary keeps grabbing the moments away from Trudy ~~ pretending to have the same morning sickness, gaining sympathy weight and keeping a strict eye on Trudy ~~ making her eat wholesome food like brussel sprouts and spinach while she eats whatever she wants to eat ~~ all for the baby. It gets better!
It's a fun read ~~ something I'd consider passing onto my pregnant friends to help them forget the aches and pains that accompany every pregnancy for a few hours. It's a quick read as well ~~ and now, I'll be interested in any other Sarah Bird book I can lay hands on!! What a wonderful debut to a new author!
Her past is painful: in addition to being habitually lonely and alone, she had a failed relationship that resulted in a pregnancy she ended with an abortion she regrets. Ever since, she has wanted to have a baby to replace the one she aborted - but not to keep, because she doesn't view herself as mother material. So her solution to the problem is to become a surrogate mother. She gets pregnant for a yuppie couple who force her to eat horrible, expensively unpalatably healthy food, and who monitor her every unconventional move.
What she learns from pregnancy is that, for a few months, she "belongs". Strangers initiate conversations with her, talk to her about her advancing pregnancy, and accept her without question into the "Mommy Club", that special state of being shared only by women with children. While she's basking in all the unfamiliar kinship, she's developing opinions about the couple whose baby she is carrying, and is developing a bond with the infant inside her.
I loved Trudy, who is like a lovable, dysfunctional puppy. Sarah Bird, hits - as always - a flawless comic pitch, making you unsure whether you should laugh or cry. Either way, there isn't a moment in the book where you don't want to engulf poor Trudy in a hug while you laugh until tears stream down your face.
This was the first book by Sarah Bird that I read, and immediately read all the others. When it appeared to me that there had not been any new ones for a while, I wrote to the author and begged her to write another. I am definitely a Sarah Bird fan, and would recommend ANYTHING she's written - but this one first.
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