A hilarious debut novel about navigating the world of kindergarten parents. It is wonderful commercial fiction.
Jen Dixon is not your typical Kansas City kindergarten class mom – or mom in general. Jen already has two college-age daughters by two different (probably) musicians and it's her second time around the class mom block with five-year-old Max – this time with a husband and father on her side. Having lead the kindergarten class parents for her daughter's, Jen's best friend and Parent Teacher Association President sees her as the wisest candidate for the job. But after one email, there's already tension. Jen's irreverent tone is off putting to some of the impossible-to-please moms. Undeterred, Jen continues on with her brazen emails documenting slow parents' response times about helping in the classroom, and her requests for contributions of “special” brownies for curriculum night. Not all of Jen's methods win approval. A rival mom has her eye on ousting her.
On the first parent night of the school year, Jen's eyes catches a familiar face in the room. Her old high school fling is a single father to a girl in the class. The two renew their friendship, but Jen can't help but wonder if there's something else there. He texts her often wanting to meet for “coffee.”
Throw in a surprisingly sexy kindergarten teacher, and a Manhattan-ite tiger mom causing problems at every turn, and the job really becomes much more than she signed up for. Relatable and irreverent, Gelman's CLASS MOM is a welcome new voice in women's fiction, a brilliant send-up of the petty and cutthroat terrain of parent politics.
This will be a lead title for Holt in August 2017.
Born in Canada, Laurie Gelman has been a correspondent for Good Morning America and CBS's The Early Show and a co-host for the national Canadian parenting show, The Mom Show, among others. She was a contributing editor for the now defunct Cookie Magazine and a writer for The Observer Playground. She is currently a blogger for Babycenter.com, representing the site on shows like The Today Show and Live with Kelly. More importantly, she was the class mom at her daughters' school for 5 years. She considers this the toughest job she has ever had.
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