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Striking a Balance [Kindle Edition]

Norma Curtis
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Book Description

Larry and Megan have the perfect life: high-flying careers, a gorgeous house, and a son they adore.

Then, instead of a promotion, Larry loses his job, and it all comes crashing down.

Megan, who already feels guilty about working too much and not spending enough time with her son, becomes the sole bread-winner.

At first Larry thinks he’ll find a new job in a week, but when that doesn’t happen, he stays home annoying Ruth, the nanny, until she quits.

And then, after spending more time with his son, he decides he wants to stay at home permanently, turning down a job offer.

Megan feels like she’s been alienated from her son because of her work and that it’s unfair of Larry to expect her to support him.

Resentment begins to brew and Larry feels as if every time Megan mentions her job, she’s rubbing in his failure to find work.

Larry and Megan want to make their marriage succeed, but they don’t know how to work through their differences.

Can Larry embrace the role of house husband and father, or will he sink into suburban despair?

And can Megan find a way of Striking a Balance between her work and spending time with her family?

As the pressure builds, it becomes abundantly clear: something has got to give.

‘Striking a Balance’ is a moving contemporary drama about trying to achieve the right family dynamic.

Praise for Norma Curtis:

'Sharp, funny and observant' - Kate Atkinson

'Warm, moving, often funny and keeps you guessing right to the end' - Sunday Express

Norma Curtis was born in North Wales, but now lives in London, with her family. Her other books include ‘Living it Up, Living it Down’, for which she won the Romantic Novelists Association New Writers' Award in 1994 and ‘The Last Place You Look’.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 880 KB
  • Print Length: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press (16 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L2LLD0W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #266,304 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Real life, but not as we know it? 20 July 2014
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A romp through married life in all its ups and downs. Many people will identify with the issues encountered in this novel and find themselves laughing or weeping along with the characters, even if their world seems rather remote and events fall into place with such convenient timing. All a bit Mumsnet for me; but a pleasant read for the summer holidays
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really liked this book 14 Aug. 2014
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Really liked this book. Made you think about the changes that could happen in life. Strong characters and good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 31 Aug. 2014
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Good book .easy read
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2.0 out of 5 stars Depressing. Boring. Annoying. 10 July 2014
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I'm going to be blunt. This book was annoying, boring, and somewhat depressing.
Let's start with Depressing: read the book description, add a few more characters with their own depressing issues, and there you go. Sort of the typical British-style self-deprecation.
Boring: this book covers...I don't know...a couple of months, perhaps, of a few dull characters and their lives in which pretty much nothing happens, because you already read it all in the book description.
Annoying: I honestly had to go back to the publication page and see if this book was originally published in the 50s or 60s and maybe the author did a re-write and added some cell phones to bring it up to date. It was first published in 1996. Hmmm. Because the attitude of all of these characters towards executive working moms and stay-at-home dads was so old-fashioned that I wanted to grab them by the shoulders and shake them. This doesn't work in 2014 unless they live in a time-warp somewhere. Or is England that far behind the times?
And the four-year-old boy even said things that were far too insightful (or contrived) for his age - guess what? Four-year-olds really aren't that deep. And what dad doesn't realize that a 4-year-old needs a nap in the afternoon? What did this couple do on the weekends when they weren't working and were home with their son?
I could go on and on. I'm not sure why I even bothered finishing this book. The writing was pretty good and I didn't catch any typos or grammatical errors (it could be because I was skimming to try to find something happening.)
I will admit that my favorite character was Lisa - she was straightforward and honest and didn't look back. I think readers are not meant to like her though - we're supposed to be sympathetic to the main characters, Meg and Larry, but they were just too annoying for me.
4.0 out of 5 stars A well written British book 22 July 2014
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Meg and Larry try to find balance after Larry loses his job and she becomes the sole bread winner. How does the couple cope with their new reality. I thought this British novel was a well written book and will probably read more from the author in the future.
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