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Little Earthquakes Pa Paperback – 31 Jul 2005

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (31 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743468945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743468947
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 3 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,287,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Irresistible....Weiner has a fine eye for detail and a knack for making supporting characters come convincingly to life." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jennifer Weiner is the international number one bestselling author of eight novels, including Best Friends Forever, Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, which was made into a major film starring Toni Colette and Cameron Diaz, Certain Girls and Fly Away Home. Visit Jennifer at www.jenniferweiner.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I wish I'd read this book 15-21 years ago! As a mother of 4 I really enjoted it, but would have more fully related to it when my children were small.

The story revolves around three young mums who first meet at a prenatal yoga class and form a bond that holds fast through all the calmaties that befall their first year of parenting. Although they are from vastly different backgrounds, the common link of a new baby binds them together.

This rang so true for me, some of my greatest friends were new mums at that time in our lives and we still stay in contact 21 years later even though we live thousands of miles apart.

Another mum is welcomed into this group, she has lost a baby and lost herself. Her part in the story lifted it out of being just a routine day to day saga, into something with more depth.

If you enjoyed 'Little Earthquakes', try 'The Reading Group' by Jennifer Noble, a similar style of novel but with the added benefit of book recommendations throughout.
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I thought this book - bought on impulse at a station - would help pass a long train journey, but I'd have been better off playing eye spy. It simply dragged and dragged. I practically had matchsticks in my eyes - especially in the part about the deadly dull Ayinde, who seems to be a total doormat. Nor did any of the other characters seem to be in the least engaging or likeable. As for the part about the woman who has just suffered the loss of her baby - sorry - but I couldn't buy it at all. The psychology of it was completely wrong. It was simply not credible that a woman in that terrble situation would torment herself further by hanging around with a bunch of complete stranger who are blissfully happy new mums. It was clearly meatn to be 'moving', but just felt to me like pure manipulation. My other quibble is that this book is not terribly well written. In fact the writing is mediocre.
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Have you ever read a book where you felt that you, and it just clicked? Well that is how I felt about Jennifer Weiner's 'LITTLE EARTHQUAKES'. From the very first page I knew that I was going to love this book and I did from beginning to end.

'LITTLE EARTHQUAKES' is the story of four very different women who form a bond and a friendship over the ups and downs of new motherhood. Becky Rothstien-Robinowitz is trying to cope with the challenges of being a working mother as well as dealing with her mother-in-laws overbearing ways. However, her new friends teach her that her problems are no where near as bad as she thinks. Ayinde is beautiful, rich and married to the Philadelphia 76ers start player. From the outside it looks as though she has it all but soon her world is turned upside down, not only by her newborn son Julian but by her husbands infidelity as well. Kelly has had her life planned out since she was a little girl and thus far everything has gone according to plan. She has a successful husband and a successful career of her own. Now all she needs it the baby to round out her picture perfect life. But when her husband gets laid off and Kelly is forced to return to work earlier than expected she finds that the picture of her life is not so perfect after all. Then there is Lia, the mysterious woman who seems to be stalking Becky and her group of friends. But when the ladies find out Lia's secret it will bond these four women forever.

Jennifer Weiner is a great author with a great voice and I have never read a novel of hers that disappointed. LITTLE EARHTQUAKES' is a novel that explores not only new motherhood but also the relationships that women share with their mothers and trying to balance family and career. This is a novel that all women, not just mothers or mothers-to-be can relate to and it is definitely one of Weiner's best.
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If you've read Good in Bed or In Her Shoes, you'll already know what a great writer Jennifer Weiner is. Little Earthquakes, her new novel about the first year of motherhood, is no exception. As the mother of a year-old boy, I could really identify with a lot of the situations, although I got the impression that the situation with work and maternity leave is a lot worse in the States than it is here. There is one sad element to the story, so I would advise against reading this if you are pregnant or have a newborn, as it would have made me cry too much at that time. It made me cry enough now! This is a great read though, and I can't wait for the next one.
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I absolutely loved 'Good In Bed' and 'In Her Shoes' and so snapped 'Little Earthquakes' up on the first day it was out. Jennifer Weiner is an exceptional writer and has the ability to make you laugh and cry...on one page! The characters are really likeable and realistic and the differing experiences of motherhood are both funny and poignant. I thought that perhaps following three (and eventually four) different storylines would be too taxing, but the women's lives entertwine perfectly and i found the ending uplifting and hopeful, if not a textbook 'happy ending'. I hear that Weiner's first novel is being made into a 'sex and the city' style show, and her second into a movie starring cameron diaz, so dont be suprised if 'Little Earthquakes' is the next to be picked up! I would highly recommend this novel if you enjoyed the others, and like writers like Marian Keyes, Jane Green or Sophie Kinsella.
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