Just finished this. It was recommended to me by a friend who I can only conclude hates me!
In my opinion it was a nothing more than a self-indulgent non-stop winge. Utterly depressing and frustrating. It just didn't go anywhere, whilst depserately trying to strike a blow for women's lib and faililng. Unlikeable protagonist and poor characterisation throughout.
i must read this. i heard parts of it on the radio when it was dramatised and they made me lol - some of the observations were v. acute and poignant - e.g. when she's going on the business trip and denies herself saying a prolonged good bye to the children because it will upset them - i have been there. also the frustration with her husband at times.
having said that, i have read some of AP's columns and "non stop whinge" and "utterly depressing and frustrating" i agree with - being a working mother isn't inevitably rubbish and awful - some of us quite like it and manage to strike a decent work/life balance.
Oh Jampots - if you liked it it doesn't make you shallow! What was it that appealed? I'd be interested to hear your view.
Bossykate will accept that some observations seemed very resonant but the fact that her point seemed to be that it is only possible to be a working mother if you can either work from home or you work in a pretty low ranking job.
i loved it. some very accurate observations on trying to juggle work with being a mother. Particularly liked the obsessive listmaking in her head. OK it's not going to win the pulitzer but it's not really intended be high brow is it.
jan i hought there was an option on the form to allow for your name to be printed
of course she ll prob take liberty with the info she gets
i started filling it in and then one of my charges called me .....
I've read it, but ages ago when it first came out in hardback. Some bits are very sad and true: working father says 'I've got to leave early to make my son's sports day' and everyone goes 'aaaaah, how devoted,' smiles; working mother does same and is considered lazy, not committed to her job, part timer never mind what other hours she puts in blah blah. I was irritated by the device which listed the contents of her working woman's head at the end of each chapter and I just thought, well, we've all got that going on love. Oh, we probably haven't actually, but it irritated me slightly nonetheless. Having said all that I did read it in one sitting so it really can't have been that bad and it did make me cry so I wasn't sneering as much as I'm remembering I suppose! I didn't like the ending AT ALL either, too pat, but I won't give it away here.