I read this book for a book club. I'm not sure I would've picked it up otherwise, and I am not particularly satisfied with the book.
The book follows the story of a woman in her mid-30s and her family. She had had a part-time job that she loved, until her husband lost his job, and they decided she should return to work full time. The story was full of all of the clichés about women who work and have children; missing the children, trying to do it all, guilt, dissatisfaction with work, etc.
Although all of that was a bit annoying, I think my biggest problem was that there was almost no character development. The story could've been very interesting characters have been more developed. Although Ireally did not like the main character (talk about self-righteous and privileged), I would've liked to seen more character development of her, as well as the other characters. For example, Genevieve, her supervisor could've been a very complex and interesting character. Same thing about Nicholas, her husband. Instead with such little character development we were left to try to understand why a giving person would act in such away. It is frustrating.
If friend of mine also read the book, as she was reading she thought it seem so familiar, so she looks the author up on Google. It turns out that the author lived in the town my friend grew up then, she said that nothing about the town, even the bookstore was from the imagination of the author, but with lift her directly. The story seems more like a rather shallow autobiography and a fiction.