Laurie Gelmanâ€™s clever debut novel about a year in the life of a kindergarten class momâ€”a brilliant send-up of the petty and surprisingly cutthroat terrain of parent politics.
Jen Dixon is not your typical Kansas City kindergarten class momâ€”or mom in general. Jen already has two college-age daughters by two different (probably) musicians, and itâ€™s her second time around the class mom block with five-year-old Maxâ€”this time with a husband and father by her side. Though her best friend and PTA President sees her as the â€świsestâ€ť candidate for the job (or oldest), not all of the other parents agree.
From recording parentsâ€™ response times to her emails about helping in the classroom, to requesting contributions of â€śspecialâ€ť brownies for curriculum night, not all of Jenâ€™s methods win approval from the other moms. Throw in an old flame from Jenâ€™s past, a hyper-sensitive â€śallergy mom,â€ť a surprisingly sexy kindergarten teacher, and an impossible-to-please Real Housewife-wannabe, causing problems at every turn, and the job really becomes much more than she signed up for.
Relatable, irreverent, and hilarious in the spirit of Maria Semple, Class Mom is a fresh, welcome voice in fictionâ€”the kind of novel that real moms clamor for, and a vicarious thrill-read for all mothers, who will be laughing as they are liberated by Gelmanâ€™s acerbic truths.