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Title:
From here to maternity : a novel of total exhaustion
Author:
Webb, Kris.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Sacking the stork
Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Thomas Dunne Books 2004.

©2003
Physical Description:
286 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Originally published: Sacking the stork. Sydney : Macmillan, 2003.
Language:
English
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780312327996
Format :
Book

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Summary

Saturday morning coffee sessions are never going to be the same. . . .
Sydney marketing exec Sophie presumed "making sacrifices for your children" meant giving up Bloody Marys and champagne for nine months. When she thought about it, that is. . . . But then two blue lines appear on her pregnancy test. How does a baby fit in with a hectic job, a chaotic social life, and the absence of Max, the Y chromosome in the equation, who has moved to San Francisco?
Support and dubious advice are provided by an unlikely group that gathers for a weekly coffee get-together at the King Street Cafe. With Debbie the glamorous man-eater, Andrew the fitness junkie, Anna the disaster-prone doctor, and Karen the statistically improbable happily married mother of three, Sophie discovers the ups and downs of motherhood. And when an unexpected business venture and a new man appear on the scene, it appears that just maybe there is life after a baby.
Written by two sisters who live on different continents, " From Here to Maternity" is a novel that tackles the balancing of motherhood, romance, and a career, while managing to be seriously funny.


Author Notes

Kris Webb and Kathy Wilson are sisters who grew up in Brisbane. Kris worked as a lawyer for Walt Disney in Hong Kong until having her first child. She still lives there, with her husband and two daughters. Kathy worked as a marketing executive in Sydney and now has her own consulting firm in Brisbane, where she lives with her husband and son.


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Booklist Review

All the elements of the typical chick lit novel are present in this sisterly debut. Hapless Everygal Sophie lives in Sydney with her beautiful and quirky best friend, Debbie. Both slave away at jobs they'd rather not reveal to potential boyfriends. The comic drama ensues when Sophie discovers she's pregnant, and Max, the Y chromosome in question, has moved to San Francisco. Deciding to keep the baby, Sophie drags Debbie to her obstetrician appointments (where Debbie drools over Sophie's doctor) and accepts advice from a gaggle of friends she meets every weekend for coffee. The expected new single-mother conundrums arise as Sophie tries to keep a job and a baby-sitter and also balance a new business venture and boyfriend. Then Max reenters Sophie and baby Sarah's lives, further complicating matters. This novel goes down as easily as a spoonful of ice cream, with as much substance. The plot zips along breezily, the characters are likable, the dialogue funny. Buy where appetite for this literary trend is insatiable. --Kaite Mediatore Copyright 2004 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Sophie, a single Australian marketing exec in the big city of Sydney, has a bit of a problem. She's pregnant, and her boyfriend of two years is not interested in sticking around. Will she be able to juggle single motherhood and her career? Sophie and best friend Debbie decide to blend their talents to form a business venture that, if successful, could allow Sophie to quit her job and begin working at home with her baby. And then there's the challenge of dating with a newborn. The cover of this book describes it as "Bridget Jones has a baby," which, after a slew of Bridget Jones-alikes, could be a turnoff. But this first novel has a lot of heart and humor, and it's even a bit unpredictable. Penned by Australian sisters, one living in Sydney and one in Hong Kong, this is an enjoyable read that can stand on its own merit.-Beth Gibbs, Davidson, NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.