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The Pile of Stuff at the Bottom of the Stairs Paperback – International Edition, February 1, 2012
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This should be compulsory reading for all working couples with small children, since it encapsulates precisely, but with plenty of humour, the madness of the modern working family Sarah Vine, The Times 'The new I Don't Know How She Does It' Grazia 'I read it, I really enjoyed it, I left it on the stairs.' John O'Farrell Christina Hopkinson is a talented writer with a gift for observational humour and sharp one-liners Spectator 'Christina Hopkinson has wittily and very realistically tapped into the zeitgeist - literally the most relevant novel for a working mother since I Don't Know How She Does It by Allison Pearson.' Plum Sykes, author of Bergdorf Blondes
About the Author
Christina Hopkinson is an author and journalist whose work has appeared in the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, the Times, Grazia and Red magazine. Her first novel, IzobelBrannigan.com was published by Piatkus and was described by the Mirror as 'an insightful debut - witty, wise and worth reading'. She lives in London with her husband and three children. Visit Christina's website, www.christinahopkinson.com, and follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/Xtinahopkinson.
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I wish there had been more depth here.
To be recommended absolutely !!
She was so angry and bitter and carried herself like she had a stick up her ass. I would love for Joel to have started a list about her instead of just adding to hers..
I only read it because it was chosen as a book club book, but thank God I got it from the library, and didn't waste money on it.
Many, if not most readers, especially the ladies, will identify with most of the problems described.... with tissues not thrown away, sink drains not cleaned, clothes not put in the hamper, assumptions the wife will pick up children and run errands on her day "off" work.
The novel is presented as a comedy, but it comes off more as an object lesson, in many respects. As one reads, you wonder, What kind of a relationship do these two people have? Can they even attempt to talk things over and work things out? Mary doesn't even tell Joel she is making the list. Sometimes it even seems as if there is a bit of jealousy there. Everyone loves and praises Joel and Mary feels she is just expected to get on with all the dirty work.
The question also occurs, what would she expect her husband to do when he finds out she is keeping a chart judging him. Mary, at times seems self-absorbed and even at one point lets Joel brush his teeth with a toothbrush she used to clean up dog poop. We can identify with her at some instances, but then she becomes a shrew. Does she deserve to?...A reader will have to judge for themselves.
It's an entertaining, for the most part, book to read. It would make a great book club or even couples discussion subject. You want to know one secret,that is mentioned in the book ?...that proves a life long philosophy...couples that hold hands in public have the happy marriages. Read this and judge for yourself.