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From the New York Times bestselling author of I Don't Know How She Does It comes an audiobook about starting over, and facing life with a sense of humor.

This program is read by acclaimed actor Poppy Miller, who stars as Ginny Weasley in the Broadway production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Allison Pearson's brilliant debut novel, I Don't Know How She Does It, was a New York Times bestseller with four million copies sold around the world. Called "the definitive social comedy of working motherhood" ( The Washington Post ) and "a hysterical look--in both the laughing and crying senses of the world--at the life of Supermom" ( The New York Times ), I Don't Know How She Does It introduced Kate Reddy, a woman as sharp as she was funny. As Oprah Winfrey put it, Kate's story became "the national anthem for working mothers."

Seven years later, Kate Reddy is facing her 50th birthday. Her children have turned into impossible teenagers; her mother and in-laws are in precarious health; and her husband is having a midlife crisis that leaves her desperate to restart her career after years away from the workplace. Once again, Kate is scrambling to keep all the balls in the air in a juggling act that an early review from the U.K. Express hailed as "sparkling, funny, and poignant...a triumphant return for Pearson."

Will Kate reclaim her rightful place at the very hedge fund she founded, or will she strangle in her new "shaping" underwear? Will she rekindle an old flame, or will her house burn to the ground when a rowdy mob shows up for her daughter's surprise (to her parents) Christmas party? Surely it will all work out in the end. After all, how hard can it be?

Praise for How Hard Can It Be?:

"Written with Allison's trademark wit and lacerating insight, How Hard Can It Be? is an honest, hilarious look at being a woman of a certain age. Anyone who, like me, adored Kate Reddy in I Don't Know How She Does It , will be delighted to revisit her fierce and honest take on the figurative and literal bumpy bits of middle age. This book is smart and sharp and funny, funny, funny." -- Aline Brosh McKenna, screenwriter of The Devil Wears Prada and co-creator of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

"Few sequels beat the original, but How Hard Can It Be? does so hands down. Kate Reddy's comeback as a pushing-50 'Returner, ' re-entering the workforce after a spell on the mommy track, is zesty, razor-sharp, and hilarious...Get ready for Kate " -- Tina Brown

Author Notes

ALLISON PEARSON is the author of the hugely bestselling I Don't Know How She Does It, which became a major motion picture starring Sarah Jessica Parker, and I Think I Love You. Pearson was named Newcomer of the Year at the British Book Awards for her first book. She has written for The Daily Telegraph, The Times (UK) , The Daily Mail, Time, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Observer and countless other publications. Pearson has won many awards including Columnist of the Year, Critic of the Year and Interviewer of the Year. She lives in Cambridge, England, with the New Yorker film critic Anthony Lane, and their two children.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* In the sequel to I Don't Know How She Does It (2002), Kate Reddy, now staring down age 50, has been out of the London finance game for several years, taking care of growing kids and aging parents and doing freelance work when she can find it. But now that her husband quit his job to pursue cycling and mindfulness, she's rehabbing a fixer-upper in the suburbs, and her kids' material needs only seem to grow. Someone has to pay the bills. After some maneuvering (ahem, lying about her age) Kate lands an entry-level position at the fund she once ran. And to complicate the already-too-complicated, charming American Jack Abelhammer is back and ready to invest. Kate is by far the best part of a book that has loads of great parts. She's brilliant, funny, and tender as she observes the new foreignness of her marriage, her teenage children, her workplace, and her own self (now being tormented by Perry and the Menopauses, the whimsical maestros behind her hot flashes and mood swings). Tackling sexism, growing older, and understanding one's needs when catering to those of so many others, Pearson writes realism with all the fun of escapism.--Bostrom, Annie Copyright 2018 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

The winning follow-up to Pearson's bestselling I Don't Know How She Does It is anchored by heroine Kate Reddy's authentic, intelligent, and consistently funny British voice. When Kate's architect husband is laid off and begins training as a therapist, the 49-year-old stay-at-home mother of two tries to return to the workforce. After a disastrous job interview confirms she has aged out of her field-she was formerly a jet-setting power player at an influential London brokerage firm-Kate starts lying about her age and is hired to market the very hedge fund she created years ago. Meanwhile, her daughter just texted a belfie (a "selfie of your bum") to a friend, who posted it on Facebook; her son won't look up from his phone; and she hasn't had sex with her husband in months. Further muddying the waters is a man from her past, who reasserts himself in her life just as her marriage stagnates. Pearson maintains a humorous tone throughout, wresting laughs from her lead's lowest moments and greatest triumphs. Pearson also hits the right notes in conveying the cluelessness and powerlessness parents feel raising teens obsessed by gaming and social media. Readers will cheer on Kate as she becomes a kick-butt woman of a certain age. 250,000-copy announced first printing. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

In this side-splitting follow-up to I Don't Know How She Does It, Kate Reddy is nearing 50 when she returns to work for her former employer after a seven-year hiatus, during which time she raised two kids, moved the family into a fixer-upper, and stretched the family's earnings after her husband suffered a midlife crisis. Kate is menopausal with all its symptoms, her kids are buried in social media and teen angst, the marriage is stale, and eldercare issues demand her attention. Lying about her age to get hired at the firm where no one remembers her, fixing bodily flaws to seem younger, worrying excessively about her kids, and juggling relationships nearly overwhelms Kate. She excels at work though, where she fends off sexual harassment while scoring huge new accounts and ultimately encounters the man she nearly had an affair with a lifetime ago. The electricity is positively sparkling. -VERDICT Pearson (I Think I Love You) features menopause as nearly its own character in this laugh-out-loud yet all too realistic romp through midlife concerns about aging, sexual appeal, careers for older employees, and family care issues. Spot-on for fans of Sophie -Kinsella and Marian Keyes. [See Prepub Alert, 12/11/17.]-Gloria Drake, -Oswego P.L. Dist., IL © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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