Love and Other Impossible Pursuits by Ayelet Waldman

Love and Other Impossible Pursuits

Ayelet Waldman

How does one cope with an obnoxious step-kid and an evil interfering ex-wife, whilst simultaneously trying to come to terms with a cot death? An honest, poignant and at time humorous account of modern family relationships.

Extract

I wrenched my hand out of his. 'She got pregnant because of Isabel? Your ex-wife got pregnant because my baby died?' I am screaming now and my harsh voice reverberates around the kitchen, ringing off the copper-backed pans hanging from their hooks.

Parallels
  • One Life by Rebecca Frayn
  • The Bad Mother's Handbook by Kate Long

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