The Contestby Stevanne Auerbach PhD
Fiction/ Family relationships- Shelly Stern an attractive, divorced single mother is living and working in Washington D.C. during the tumultuous 1960s. While other young women are burning bras, heading for Woodstock, or marching for civil rights, Shelly is working in a drab green government office in the Department of Education and trying to make a difference by establishing an on site childcare center so mothers can work without worrying. Her job and three-year-old daughter, Alison, give her little time for a social life. But a stroke of fate introduces Shelly to handsome, charismatic Dr. Doug Fine, a pediatrician in from California for a meeting on health care for Head Start. Their instant attraction leads to a long distance romance between Washington D.C. and San Francisco. When President Nixon vetoes the congressional childcare bill that Shelly poured her heart into bringing to fruition she heads to California to begin work on her PhD and be closer to Doug. Upon arrival, a miscommunication at the apartment she rented forces her to stay with Doug for a few days. Before long, the unplanned household of his and hers begins what Shelly calls a perfect "blendship." After two years of living together and hiring an array of lovable, crazy helpers and meeting interesting colleagues, friends, pets, and colorful neighbors Doug and Shelly win a unique contest and marry. The marriage begins a rollercoaster ride that has more inclines and dips than the hilly streets of San Francisco. Come with Shelly as she remembers her story that, like the burning sun that rose in the east and set in the west, culminates in The Contest.
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"The Contest" shows its author "Dr. Toy's" deep understanding of children and their needs, which readers who know Stevanne Auerbach's highly regarded books about children's play should expect. Her first novel takes a look at falling in love and taking on responsibility for stepchildren, only to find that the partner you thought was sharing the same goals has been deceptive. What to do after you learn the heart-breaking truth? The book's take-away: Even after so much has transpired, it's never too late to start over again to look for the right combination of love and commitment.
America, put down your rattles, pick up your building blocks and put your children to bed. It's time to choose your favorite nook and get to reading for pure enjoyment this time, no educational value intended. Stevanne Auerbach, known to millions as "Dr. Toy" has gone against type in this, her first foray into fiction and she hits it out of the Golden Gate park. After 40 plus years, and 15 books ( "Smart Play Smart Toys", etc. ), as one of the worlds' great authorities on all things children and education Mrs. Auerbach has at long last decided to try her hand in the world of fiction and woe that it has taken her so long. "The Contest" takes you from the corridors of Washington D.C. to the streets of San Francisco and into the lives of many memorable characters, and does so with a broad sweep that will have you hooked from the first page to the last. If you are looking for a book that is as grown up as you are, then "The Contest" isn't really a contest at all. It's a surefire winner.