37: A Novel by Maria Beaumont

By Maria Beaumont

At the eve of her thirty-seventh birthday, Fran Clark reveals herself in a job she could by no means have estimated: that of a shockingly determined housewife. As Fran halfheartedly makes an attempt to relaunch her once-vibrant profession as a voiceover artist and obsesses over maintaining with the ruthless moms' scene at her kid's institution, she starts off to gain that her thirty-seventh yr is not going to resemble the midlife bliss she had imagined. in its place, she makes excuses for the truth that she's depressed and ingesting -- much. but if Fran realizes she has failed her youngsters one too again and again, and starts off to suspect her husband is having an affair, she is aware she has hit all-time low. it truly is Fran's closest acquaintances who eventually come to her rescue. She learns to thank them for her salvation -- now not simply because they're there for her, yet simply because she discovers easy methods to be there for them. Literate and good written, 37 is a searingly intimate and compulsively readable novel, a really glossy diary of a (not really) mad housewife. full of acute, usually bitingly humorous observations approximately motherhood, friendship, and the claustrophobia of suburbia, this pitch-perfect novel will resonate with any girl who has ever been afflicted with self-doubt. 37 is Maria Beaumont's 3rd novel. After the mums from her young children' college have accomplished together with her, it can be her final.

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Oh, never mind,” she says, tiring of waiting for me to respond. “Maybe home is the best place for you. ” “Oh, nothing. Nothing at all. Just that the film’s about to wrap, and I’ll be at a loose end, you know,” she says, waving a hand in the air, not wanting to talk about it anymore. Actually, I don’t blame her. She must be as sick as I am of talking in pointless circles about what I should do with my life. I’ve been waiting to have an epiphany, a moment when the path that the rest of my life should take will be laid out clearly before me.

No, that’s not fair. It isn’t that he doesn’t care about Thomas, or that he loves him less, it’s just that . . Actually, he probably loves him less. Oh God, I don’t know. Our son is a mystery to us both. I don’t know why he’s so sensitive and moody and dark. But I’m trying to understand him, make a connection. I’m even making some progress. Last night we watched an old episode of Friends together. I’m not sure exactly how many gags he got, but he laughed out loud three times. Three times! Unprecedented—a year’s worth of laughter in one { 41 } half-hour period.

No, I wasn’t aware, but it doesn’t surprise me. It would be madness to think that the mother-run police state of Arlington could ever condone sweets as part and parcel of the whole being a child thing. I picture Maisy’s lunch box filled with brown rice and tofu and her sad little face as she pines for a lump of chocolate molded in the shape of a slimy amphibian. ” Molly is tugging on my hand. “Just a suggestion,” Annabel continues, “but I’ve found yogurt and little bits of fruit are ideal substitutes.

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