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Momnesia Paperback – March 16, 2012
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This month's Book With Buzz: "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng
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
USA Best Book Awards finalist.
Early reviewers have said:
"Fun and feisty!"
"Thought provoking and funny... told in a voice that's like chatting with a friend."
"A wonderful journey laced with humor and reality. A recommended read!" --Brickstone Publishing
"[Momnesia] is about being a good mom without losing yourself in the process... the author tackles the subject with humor and gets you thinking about a worthwhile subject--yourself." --The Boston Globe (Lifestyle/Moms)
"This summer's hot novel!" --Carolina Today Show
National Indie Excellent Book Awards, Finalist, 2012! --Ellen Reid, President, National Indie Excellence Awards
From the Author
I hope you enjoy reading "Momnesia!" In my women's fiction, my goal as an author is to provide a sense of camaraderie, feeling understood, or at the very least, entertainment and an escape for the time while you're reading... and hopefully long after.
While "Momnesia" does read well as a stand-alone book, it has become part of my Find Yourself Series. Originally, its successor was going to be titled Gramnesia. However, after discovering (through beta readers) that the title made people think it would only be for older women, it was retitled "Unexpecting." If you decide to use your valuable free time to read it, I hope you'll enjoy it too!
As a woman, authoring these books has been fun, eye-opening, and has brought me inspiration from many women, moms, and readers around the globe who also struggle with the "symptoms of Momnesia." I hope you'll feel the same!
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Top customer reviews
The raw sexuality combined with the guilt of feeling that we shouldn't have those feelings, the desire to be desired, the need to be a good mother and also fully a woman... I could go on and on about all that was stirred up in me. There isn't a single issue we face as women that isn't somehow touched on in this brilliant novel.
Momnesia was so cathartic and I enjoyed reading it every day as if it were a personal gift to me. I actually shared many of the stories in it with my husband and sons to help them understand the crazy demons I struggle with constantly. And I promise you, Lori, the next time there is a cake in front of me, I'm taking the best piece with the biggest frosting rose! Thank you for this beautiful book.
If you loved Momnesia as much as I did and are looking for a book with similar themes, I would humbly ask that you take a quick look at the description of my novel, Is This All There Is?. Though I found Momnesia later, I see now that I attempted to send the same message, in different ways, and I am honored to have received a kind and complimentary review from Lori Verni Fogarsi, my new favorite author!
Is This All There Is?
PS: There is something you will learn at the very end of the book that will help you realize that the diagnosis of Momnesia is real and serious. I hope it will propel you to make changes, just as it has for me.
Momnesia starts in a supermarket parking lot. Our Heroine is sitting in her car and suddenly, she can't remember whether she's done her shopping or not. The car is stifling, but she lives in North Carolina, so that's nothing new. She's sweating, but she also has the chills. Well, has she done her shopping or hasn't she? For the past year she's been debating whether or not to get a divorce, along with help from a few very close friends, her and her hubby's marriage counselor, and the "Two Little Guys Inside Her Head." Now she literally doesn't know if she's coming or going. She finally forces herself to look into the back of the car to see whether or not there are groceries there...
The rest of the first part of the book chronicles the year leading up Our Heroine's Grocery Store Incident and her subsequent drive home to ask her husband for a divorce. Oh, it wasn't just that year that led up to the divorce. That was how long she had actively been debating the issue. She'd been unhappy long before then. Part Two of the book chronicles her separation, six months of which she spends first trying to chivvy her husband out of the bedroom, and then out of the house. He doesn't argue; he isn't exactly abusive; he just doesn't get it. He's really rather pathetic. Most of the time when she confronts him about anything or even asks a yes/no/I don't know question, he just looks at her, unblinking. She calls it his cat face. (I had a boyfriend like that. Drove me nuts.) Many scenes end with: "Cat face. Ugh!"
Our Heroine tells us about her stretch marks, and laments about her "Chicken Belly Flap Thing" left over from giving birth to her daughters, Grace and Rose that she just can't get rid of no matter how many push-ups she does. She talks about strapping herself into her (and I'm paraphrasing because I can' recall the exact quote here) "Push 'em up and show 'em off" bra when she starts dating after the separation. There's even a surprise ending when we share the end of Our Heroine's submersion of Self and ultimate Blooming Moment. Definitely no cat face on that page! Yay!
Momnesia is a perfect book for clubs. It even has a list of discussion questions at the back. But whether you're in a club or not; you'll enjoy this book. Buy it--for you and all the moms and non-moms in your life.