The Bright Side of Disaster: A Novel

The Bright Side of Disaster: A Novel by Katherine Center 1400066379 9781400066377
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Offers credible descriptions of first-time motherhood, affecting characters and situations and low-key charm. - Kirkus Reviews Stellar . . . Center paints an accurate and humorous view of motherhood. - Booklist Jenny Harris always expected that she d fall in love, get married, and have a baby - in that order. Now, very pregnant and not quite married, she actually doesn t mind that she and her live-in fianc e, Dean, accidentally started their family a little earlier than planned; she s happy to have so much to look forward to. But Dean - whom Jenny loves enough to overlook his bad facial hair, his smoking habit, and his total commitment to a cheesy cover band - is acting distant, and not in a pre-wedding-jitters kind of way. The night he runs out for cigarettes and just doesn t come back, he demotes himself from future husband to sperm donor. And the very next day, Jenny goes into labor. In the months that follow, Jenny plunges into a life she never anticipated: single motherhood. At least with the sleep deprivation, sore boobs, and fits of crying (both hers and the baby s), there s not much time to dwell on her broken heart. And things start looking up. She learns how to do everything one-handed, makes friends in a mommy group, and even manages to give dating tips to her sweet, clueless father - who s trying to court her sassy mother again, fifteen years after their divorce. She also gets to know a handsome, helpful neighbor - with aknack for soothing babies - who invites her out dancing. But Dean is never far from Jenny s thoughts or, it turns out, her doorstep, and in the end Jenny must choose between the old life she thought she wanted and the new life she s been lucky to find. A spirited debut novel with a terrifically appealing voice, a fantastic sense of humor, and a lot of heart, The Bright Side of Disaster reminds us that sometimes it takes the worst-case scenario to show us the best in everything.

Author: Katherine Center

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 256

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Publication Date: 2007-06-26


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