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The Pile of Stuff at the Bottom of the Stairs
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Hopkinson pens a hilarious and acutely-observed novel about marriage, motherhood, children, and work and readers everywhere will find Mary's trials hilariously familiar as they cheer her on in her efforts to balance home, work, children, and a clean bottom stair!
What's the thing you hate most about the one you love?
Mary doesn't know whether it's the way he doesn't quite reach the laundry basket when he throws his dirty clothes at it (but doesn't ever walk over and pick them up and put them in), or the balled-up tissues he leaves on the bedside table when he has a cold, or the way he never quite empties the dishwasher, leaving the "difficult" items for her to put away. Is it that because she is "only working part-time" that she is responsible for all of the domestic tasks in the house? Or, is it simply that he puts used teabags in the sink?
The mother of two young boys, Mary knows how to get them to behave the way she wants. Now she's designing the spousal equivalent of a star chart and every little thing her husband does wrong will go on it. Though Mary knows you're supposed to reward the good behavior rather than punish the bad, the rules for those in middle age are different than the rules for those not even in middle school...
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What's the thing you hate most about the one you love?
Mary doesn't know whether it's the way he doesn't quite reach the laundry basket when he throws his dirty clothes at it (but doesn't ever walk over and pick them up and put them in), or the balled-up tissues he leaves on the bedside table when he has a cold, or the way he never quite empties the dishwasher, leaving the "difficult" items for her to put away. Is it that because she is "only working part-time" that she is responsible for all of the domestic tasks in the house? Or, is it simply that he puts used teabags in the sink?
The mother of two young boys, Mary knows how to get them to behave the way she wants. Now she's designing...
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What's the thing you hate most about the one you love?
Mary doesn't know whether it's the way he doesn't quite reach the laundry basket when he throws his dirty clothes at it (but doesn't ever walk over and pick them up and put them in), or the balled-up tissues he leaves on the bedside table when he has a cold, or the way he never quite empties the dishwasher, leaving the "difficult" items for her to put away. Is it that because she is "only working part-time" that she is responsible for all of the domestic tasks in the house? Or, is it simply that he puts used teabags in the sink?
The mother of two young boys, Mary knows how to get them to behave the way she wants. Now she's designing the spousal equivalent of a star chart and every little thing her husband does wrong will go on it. Though Mary knows you're supposed to reward the good behavior rather than punish the bad, the rules for those in middle age are different than the rules for those not even in middle school...
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        March 14, 2011
        Mom-of-two Mary is an angry woman, and she's determined to count the ways. But list-o-mania doesn't begin to cover the legion of gripes the part-time TV producer has against husband Joel, whom she is secretly, and hilariously, judging. Hopkinson (Cyber Cinderella) channels every nasty thought of her mad housewife: Joel leaves clothes and food debris all over the house, and never clears the table. Adding to Mary's woes are her formidable mother-in-law; best friend, Mitzi, whose perfect life hides a kinky secret; and gay-pal Becky, who longs for the kind of messy life Mary moans about. There's far more to this sharp look at the craziness of modern life and love than Mary's angry rants and snarky patter about how everyone is leading a better life than she is, and though there's a too-pat ending for these warring partners, Hopkinson nails a marriage cracking into a million pieces, and manages to make you believe there's always a way to patch things up.

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        March 1, 2011

        A British novel asks who is more maddening: a couple of preschool boys, or their man-child father.

        Mary loves her children, and everyone tells her she should adore her husband Joel, who is sexy and romantic and so good with their sons. But still...she wishes he wouldn't throw the dirty laundry in the direction of the basket, and wouldn't ignore the pots and pans when he's washing up and expect she do all the boring bits of childcare, and housework and cooking, and then go and impress everyone with his occasional culinary masterpiece. Mary's list of complaints is so unruly she begins organizing it on a spreadsheet. Unbeknownst to Joel, he has six months to prove himself not totally worthless (she gives him an allotment of points per month) or else she's going to divorce him. Her best friend Becky is stunned—would she really divorce her husband because of teabags left on the counter? She would. Or at least she believes this until the novel's end when she realizes there are other issues at play. Unfortunately, this leaves hundreds of pages of Mary's unpleasantness. Occasionally, Hopkinson's keen observations are funny, but too often the carping is tedious and the minutia of Mary's fault-finding comes to seem pathological. Thankfully, there are distractions along the way, like Mary's obsession with her friend Mitzi's perfect life (which includes a multimillion-dollar, eco-friendly vacation home, housing spotlessly attired children, cared for by efficient nannies). That is until she discovers the revolting peccadillos of Mitzi and her straitlaced husband. And then there's Becky, who is considering motherhood but is afraid her partner Cara (whom Mary has a crush on) will leave her. Joel, the center of Mary's fury, is left in the shadows until the end, when they are forced to either grow up or get divorced.

        A mixed bag—the sly comedy and cleverness regarding the fate of modern women (nothing—your body, your house, your children—looks as it does in the magazines) is almost drowned by the relentless anger of the heroine.

        (COPYRIGHT (2011) KIRKUS REVIEWS/NIELSEN BUSINESS MEDIA, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)

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        March 15, 2011

        "I'm an angry person," says Mary, and she is. She's angry at hybrid cars, Valentine's Day, dog poop on the sidewalk, birthday party goody bags, and her twentysomething coworkers. Most of all, she's angry at her husband, Joel, who she's convinced is the only thing standing between her and the orderly House Beautiful life for which she longs. While Mary juggles the care of two young sons, a part-time job, and a perpetually chaotic household, Joel cheerfully meanders through life leaving a trail of wet towels, dirty socks, and unwashed pots in his wake. Mary's plan is to use a balance sheet to track her husband's domestic infractions. If the bottom line shows he is an asset to the house, he gets to stay in it. If he's a liability, out he goes. VERDICT Mary's whining is irritating, but Hopkinson (Izobel Brannigan.com) writes with wry humor and an unmistakable ring of truth that will resonate with multitasking mothers everywhere. Perfect for fans of mom lit/chick lit crossovers like Allison Pearson's I Don't Know How She Does It and Jane Green's The Other Woman.--Jeanne Bogino, New Lebanon Lib., NY

        Copyright 2011 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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