• Holly Banks Full of Angst

  • Village of Primm, Book 1
  • By: Julie Valerie
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars (127 ratings)

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Holly Banks Full of Angst

By: Julie Valerie
Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
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Publisher's summary

A laugh-out-loud debut novel for anyone who’s tried to live the perfect life - and learned the hard way there’s no such thing.

Holly Banks could not have made a worse first impression on the seemingly perfect moms in her new affluent community, the Village of Primm. Turns out wearing pink piggy pajama bottoms while dropping off her kindergartener late to the first day of school wasn’t her best look.

Not to mention Holly’s worried her husband may be having an affair, she can’t get her daughter to stop sucking her thumb, her hard-won film degree is collecting dust, and to top it all off, the power-hungry PTA president clearly has it in for her…

To make matters even worse, Holly’s natural eye for drama lands her smack-dab in the middle of a neighborhood mystery - right as her own crazy mother shows up in Primm “to help.” Through it all, Holly begins to realize her neighbors may be just as flawed as - and even wackier than - she is, leaving her to wonder: Is there such a thing as a perfect mom?

©2019 Julie Valerie (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic reviews

"Kathleen McInerney's dynamic narration will have listeners either laughing out loud or cringing as she skillfully captures the absurdity and craziness of this dark comedic debut." --AudioFile magazine

"There are many novels about women struggling to fit into upper-class communities, but debut author Valerie manages to create a story that feels fresh, with sparkling dialogue.... A unique and over-the-top look at modern motherhood, full of funny and cringeworthy moments." --Kirkus Reviews

"Valerie's witty, rollicking novel is an ode to modern motherhood.... A charmingly cautionary tale of the pursuit for domestic perfection." --Booklist

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For Laughing Outloud


Holly, Ella and Jack have moved to the Village of Primm, a prim and proper locale, due to Jack's work. Holly, a graduate of film school enacts her life as a script. Holly loves being a mom and having a family but obviously something is missing in her life. Holly is adamant about being a good mom which she perceives as fitting in with the other moms at Primm Academy where Ella is in Kindergarten. The first day of school starts out as a total disaster. It's one of those days where if Holly hadn't hit the school bus, she wouldn't have rented a car ... Follow Holly as she finds herself in precarious situations. Will her life in Primm ever be normal or at least as normal as a mother's life can be? A fun Audible that is packed full of laughs.