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Slummy Mummy | [Fiona Neill]

Slummy Mummy

Lucy Sweeney has three sons, a husband on a short fuse, and a tendency toward domestic disaster. It has been years since the dirty laundry pile was less than three feet high, months since she remembered to have sex, and weeks since her toddler started using the trash can as a toilet. Lucy is living in a constant state of emergency, caught between perfectionist Yummy Mummy Number One and competitive Alpha Mum.
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Publisher's Summary

Lucy Sweeney has three sons, a husband on a short fuse, and a tendency toward domestic disaster. It has been years since the dirty laundry pile was less than three feet high, months since she remembered to have sex, and weeks since her toddler started using the trash can as a toilet. Lucy is living in a constant state of emergency, caught between perfectionist Yummy Mummy Number One and competitive Alpha Mum, making it hard for her to remember exactly why she exchanged her career and sanity for less than blissful domesticity. When she begins a flirtation with Sexy Domesticated Dad, a father from the school car-pool lane, the string of white lies to cover up the trail of chaos and illicit desire starts to unravel and disaster looms.

Slummy Mummy is a hilarious novel about the dilemmas of modern marriage and motherhood for those who never discovered their inner domestic goddess. Pitch-perfect and satisfyingly smart, it offers a lovable, flawed character who resonates, entertains, and undoubtedly has it worse than you do.

©2007 Fiona Neill; (P)2007 Listen and Live Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[A] crackling-with-wit debut." (Publishers Weekly)
"Hilarious...a literary phenomenon to rival Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary.....[Neill] plays with the chaos and comedy of 30-something metropolitan maternity and brings it to an unexpectedly moving conclusion." (Anna Wintour, Vogue magazine)
"Get your hands on a copy of [this] debut novel. The chaotic tale of the hapless Lucy will strike a chord with any woman who hasn't quite mastered the art of being a domestic goddess." (In Style)

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    Darima Tempe, AZ, USA 02-17-09
    Darima Tempe, AZ, USA 02-17-09
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    "a better read"

    I liked the book. It is funny and very entertaining. Unfortunately, something is lost in the audio version. I'd recommend reading it instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kat ANNANDALE, NJ, United States 12-05-08
    Kat ANNANDALE, NJ, United States 12-05-08 Member Since 2010
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    "Great British Chick Lit"

    Slummy Mummy is well-known in England, and I'm glad the audiobook made it here! The story is one of Lucy, a really disorganized stay at home mom and the chaos she turns her life into through various missteps. Lucy is still a lovable character and her interactions with her husband, kids, and the other parents at school and in the neighborhood are hilarious.

    The reader gives Lucy a great voice and tells her story in a relatable way which makes you sympathize with her (rather than finding her annoying, like some other chick lit characters). I can't wait to listen to the next book in the Slummy Mummy series now!

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    Kelster076 05-10-08
    Kelster076 05-10-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Not Good"

    I couldn't get through the entire book...Way too boring and slow.

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    Susan Whitby, Ontario, Canada 04-14-08
    Susan Whitby, Ontario, Canada 04-14-08 Member Since 2005
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    "entertaining"

    Loved it. Surprises around every corner.

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    Alison Chambersburg, PA, USA 03-27-08
    Alison Chambersburg, PA, USA 03-27-08
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    "This is a GREAT book!"

    "Slummy Mummy" was terrific! It was wonderfully written, never predictable, and the ending was laugh-out-loud funny. It brought up some fantastic points about motherhood in the modern age, about the so-called "Mommy Wars" and about marriage. It's GREAT. I highly recommend it - I'm only sorry the author doesn't have another audiobook for sale now. But I'll be keeping an eye out for her next one.

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    JJReader 12-30-07
    JJReader 12-30-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Terrible"

    This is the worst audiobook I've ever listened to. There is no plot, it isn't funny, and the reader is dull. Don't waste your money.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    suzanne New York, NY, United States 02-18-09
    suzanne New York, NY, United States 02-18-09 Member Since 2008
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    "cannot finish it"

    I will finish almost every single audiobook cause they are so expensive, but I just cannot finish this one, so slow and dull. Not funny at all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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