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Little Earthquakes | [Jennifer Weiner]

Little Earthquakes

Rebecca Rothstein Rabinowitz is a plump, sexy chef who has a wonderful husband, a restaurant that's received citywide acclaim, a beautiful baby girl and the mother-in-law from hell. Kelly Day's life looks picture-perfect. But behind the doors, she's struggling to balance work, motherhood, and marriage, while dealing with an unemployed husband who seems content to channel-surf for eight hours a day....
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Publisher's Summary

Four very different women navigate one of life's most wonderful and perilous transitions: the journey of new motherhood.

Rebecca Rothstein Rabinowitz is a plump, sexy chef who has a wonderful husband, a restaurant that's received citywide acclaim, a beautiful baby girl and the mother-in-law from hell. Kelly Day's life looks picture-perfect. But behind the doors, she's struggling to balance work, motherhood and marriage, while dealing with an unemployed husband who seems content to channel-surf for eight hours a day. Ayinde Towne's already on shaky ground, when her basketball superstar husband breaks her trust at the most vulnerable moment in her life, putting their marriage in peril -- and thrusting their new family further into the public eye. Then there's Lia Frederick, a Philadelphia native who has left Los Angeles behind, along with her glamorous Hollywood career, her husband, and a tragic secret.

With her trademark warmth and humor, Weiner tells the story of what happens after happily ever after.

©2004 Jennifer Weiner (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"Hilarious, heartbreaking, and insightful." (The Miami Herald)

"Immensely readable.... Weiner's gift lies in her ability to create characters who both amuse us and make us care." (The Washington Post)

"Weiner, a wonderful natural writer and storyteller, renders her characters and their lives in details that resonate as the real deal." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Danielle st paul, MN, United States 04-07-11
    Danielle st paul, MN, United States 04-07-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Beautiful!"

    I LOVE this story. Realistic, wonderfully written, perfect narration. Easy to get lost in and you'll want to hear it again once it's over the first time! HIGHLY recommend it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 02-27-12
    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 02-27-12 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "This book packs alot of story!"

    This is a well told story. I am older than these women but I remember experiencing all these emotions.I found their bond wonderful. There is alot of story here and it very well written and so well narrated. Thank you Audible. Loved It.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tricia Elkridge, MD, United States 11-13-11
    Tricia Elkridge, MD, United States 11-13-11 Member Since 2007
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    "More than your average "chick lit""

    This book is heavier than the regular "chick lit" fluff, but still an enjoyable listen. Some of the book is heartbreaking, and some of it hilarious. Great read for a new (or any!) mom!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dorothy 02-12-13
    Dorothy 02-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "for everyone who's ever been a mother"

    if you are, or have ever been a mother, if you're pregnant, or even thinking about having a baby, you will be able to relate to the characters and situations in this book. Even though much of it is cliched, the story is so heartwarming and humorous it just grabbed me!
    I'm in my 50's, so it's been quite a while since I went through what the 4 women in this story are dealing with, but this brought all the memories back to me in color.
    But more than entertainment, there is a lot of subtle wisdom imparted here. I smiled and winced as the characters messed up their lives and their relationships. The author manages to create sympathy not only for her 4 female protagonists, but also for their partners and families. There were times I saw myself or someone I knew, and in the meddling mother-in-law, someone I don't want to be now that I have grandchildren.
    A thoroughly enjoyable read!

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    Robin Helena, MT, United States 09-10-12
    Robin Helena, MT, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Driving Happily and Entertained"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - entertaining and smart about relationships.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kelly - she tried so hard to cover up any sadness or badness.


    Which character – as performed by Johanna Parker – was your favorite?

    All were great. She did wonderfully with the men without making her voice sound strange.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I couldn't wait to keep listening - it was for the road while I drove my friend's moving truck across country. I kept thinking about the things friends do for each other. I laughed a couple of times about Becky's reactions to things.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the narrator and the book. I wish all were this awesome. I didn't think the subject matter was for me but I trust this author to be good. I am oldish and childless so pregnancy and newborns is a little outside my experience but that wasn't really the main subject but part of the conflict for the characters.

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    Linda Fort Worth, TX, United States 07-12-12
    Linda Fort Worth, TX, United States 07-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A typical Jennifer Weiner story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, even if they haven't read any other books by Jennifer Weiner. I really like when stories are about more than 1 person and in this case they all end up being friends.


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    L'Ara 09-12-11
    L'Ara 09-12-11 Member Since 2010

    Laurie S. Sherman

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    "Find GoCharacters, Plot, Current Issues"

    I like the way that Weiner writes her interwoven story lines. The basics is that there are four women in four very different situations, who are all dealing with the same general issues. It is refreshing to read about people who reach out and across the gulf of socio-economic status, desires, paths taken and difficulties to really become true friends, people who are THERE for each other however huge or relatively small the issues that they are dealing with. Here are women who could be jealous and bitter, but instead they reach out and are kind, loving and more sisters than the "blood" sister secondary characters introduced so that we could see how profound these four who meet fairly randomly.
    Having had twins and a singleton, I know about postpartum depression, the need for support, the exhaustion, the incredible experience of pregnancy, delivery and the first year. and also miscarrage... I had to get through all of this it by myself. it was good to read about women who could really help each other through the transformation that these women had to traverse in order to be of help in the best ways possible. The arc of character development was the thrust of the plot and I like character driven stories very much. If you do, you will enjoy this great read.

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    Gosling Gloucester, ON, Canada 09-06-11
    Gosling Gloucester, ON, Canada 09-06-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Not bad for chick lit"

    It's an easy read and typical chick lit. The narrator was not bad and that made the book more pleasurable.

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    Robin 11-12-11
    Robin 11-12-11

    Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...

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    "does not translate well to audio"

    i read this book when it came out in print, and liked it quite a bit at that time. purchased the audiobook, and struggled to finish it. i don't think her books translate well to audio format.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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