37 [NOOK Book]

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On the eve of her thirty-seventh birthday, Fran Clark finds herself in a role she would never have envisioned: that of a surprisingly desperate housewife. As Fran halfheartedly attempts to relaunch her once-vibrant career as a voiceover artist and obsesses over keeping up with the ruthless mothers' scene at her children's school, she begins to realize that her thirty-seventh year isn't going to resemble the midlife bliss she had imagined. Instead, she makes excuses for the fact that she's depressed and drinking ...
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Overview

On the eve of her thirty-seventh birthday, Fran Clark finds herself in a role she would never have envisioned: that of a surprisingly desperate housewife. As Fran halfheartedly attempts to relaunch her once-vibrant career as a voiceover artist and obsesses over keeping up with the ruthless mothers' scene at her children's school, she begins to realize that her thirty-seventh year isn't going to resemble the midlife bliss she had imagined. Instead, she makes excuses for the fact that she's depressed and drinking -- a lot. But when Fran realizes she has failed her children one too many times, and begins to suspect her husband is having an affair, she knows she has hit rock bottom. It is Fran's two closest friends who ultimately come to her rescue. She learns to thank them for her salvation -- not because they are there for her, but because she discovers how to be there for them. Literate and well written, 37 is a searingly intimate and compulsively readable novel, a very modern diary of a (not quite) mad housewife. Filled with acute, often bitingly funny observations about motherhood, friendship, and the claustrophobia of suburbia, this pitch-perfect novel will resonate with any woman who has ever been stricken with self-doubt. 37 is Maria Beaumont's third novel. After the mums from her kids' school have finished with her, it may be her last.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Nothing could be more challenging for an audiobook reader than to take on the character of a voice-over artist. Fran Clark, a well-to-do Londoner burnt out thanks to two small children, an unfaithful husband and two unexpectedly pregnant friends, is in the grip of early onset midlife crisis and a career-ruining case of stage fright. Kate Reading's bravura performance nails down every character, including the mothers in a posh London district, a Germanic school administrator, many small children and Fran's charming but wayward husband, who is given a suave, sexy voice that ignites his thousand-watt smile. The grand finale finds Fran attempting to impress her children's friends and their parents by imitating the cast of The Simpsons, Bette Davis and a few politicians, all in a few moments' time, during which she switches back and forth to the reactions of her audience. Reading turns this amiable novel into a tour de force performance that is funny, fast-moving and fearless. Simultaneous release with the Hyperion hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 22, 2007). (Jan.)

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School Library Journal

British author Beaumont's American debut tells the story of a once successful London voiceover artist nearing the end of her 30s and possibly a divorce. Narrator Fran Clark, a 36-year-old stay-at-home mother of two, has been stuck in a rut for nearly 11 years. Her marketing genius husband Richard's career has taken off, and though he's spending less time at home, he wants Fran to get back into the voiceover game because he thinks it'll make her happier. Fran, however, chickens out before every audition and soon suspects Richard's cheating on her. Run-ins with gossipy mothers at the children's school, missed auditions, accusations of unfit parenting by the school principal, a dangerous flirtation with alcoholism and her friends' separate life dramas provide the obstacles to Fran's mission of getting herself sorted out. It's enjoyable mommy lit, aided by ample doses of British humor, breezy storytelling and an upbeat feel even in the down moments. (Jan.)

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Kirkus Reviews
Depression grabs hold of a middle-aged housewife in the British author's third novel, her first to appear in the United States. Postpartum depression descended upon ex-actress Fran Clark when she became a mother. Now, with her two kids in school, it's time to take stock of the future. Trouble is, routine and the rigors of parenting have killed Fran's spirit. To the outside world, Fran has little to complain about: She has healthy offspring, a hardworking husband, unquestionable talent and financial comfort. Yet she can't shake off the malaise. Fran's woes-weight gain, boredom, fear of career failure after taking a break-may be familiar, but she's unique, and when she screws up, she does it theatrically. On her 37th birthday, she treats herself to a full-blown panic attack marked by binge drinking and lashing out at her loved ones. As a result, her marriage suffers seemingly irreparable damage; her once doting spouse moves out leaving Fran to cope with kids and home. Slowly, Fran reconnects with her non-mummy identity and pieces together her life. Beaumont nails the cattiness and competitiveness of upper-middle-class uber-mums. Any woman who has sacrificed her dreams to nurture a family will identify with Fran. Beaumont's batty heroine is a gift for dissatisfied housewives. Agent: Grainne Fox/Ed Victor Ltd.
OK! Magazine
"[Fran] may be a desperate housewife, but her observations about life near 40 are hilarious."
From the Publisher
"A gift for dissatisfied housewives."—Kirkus Reviews

"[Fran] may be a desperate housewife, but her observations about life near 40 are hilarious."—OK! Magazine

"Enjoyable mommy lit . . . ample doses of British humor."—Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401395230
  • Publisher: Hachette Books
  • Publication date: 1/8/2008
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,316,594
  • File size: 684 KB

Meet the Author

Maria Beaumont is 21, or 28, or sometimes 38--it depends on how good the lighting is. She writes books, and when she isn't doing that, she teaches street dance. And when she isn't doing that, she's working on improving the lighting.
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