Monday, April 18, 2016
Book Review: "Maternity Leave" by Julie Halpern
Now I know that everyone's experience is unique and special and all that crap. Whatever. I started reading this book and laughing and realizing that this was so very similar to my experience it was scary. I definitely had some of the same crying thoughts late at night where my infant son's cries for (anything) would make me cry. Those first few weeks are such a blur now, but I clearly remember being able to turn on the TV at ANY HOUR of the day and know exactly what was on the different channels. I saw more Jimmy Fallon at his 3am repeat time than I ever had - before or since. And while I didn't go the QVC route... I do remember how badly I just wanted to talk to another adult about something not baby related and not guilt inducing. This was also the same time that I had trouble keeping up friendships with my childless friends.
Halpern has brought all of this into a fun novel that will have you laughing, and crying just a little. It is a nice light and quick read, so perfect if maybe your kids don't leave you much reading time. I also dug the nerd culture aspect of it too... considering I am also in the middle of a Buffy binge-rewatch. This is Halpern's first novel for adults (though she has written several for teens) and I look forward to more!
by Julie Halpern
Thomas Dunne, 2015