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The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days: A Novel
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The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days: A Novel

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by Ian Frazier
 

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A hilarious—and delightfully profane—novel about the daily frustrations of family life

Based on his widely read columns for The New Yorker, Ian Frazier's uproarious first novel, The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days, centers on a profoundly memorable character, sprung from an impressively fertile imagination. Structured as a daybook of sorts,

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A hilarious—and delightfully profane—novel about the daily frustrations of family life

Based on his widely read columns for The New Yorker, Ian Frazier's uproarious first novel, The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days, centers on a profoundly memorable character, sprung from an impressively fertile imagination. Structured as a daybook of sorts, the book follows the Cursing Mommy—beleaguered wife of Larry and mother of two young boys—as she offers tips on how to do various tasks around the home, only to end up on the ground, cursing, surrounded by broken glass. Her voice is somewhere between Phyllis Diller's and Sylvia Plath's: a hilariously desperate housewife with a taste for swearing and large glasses of red wine, who speaks to the frustrations of everyday life.

In The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days, Frazier colors his fiction with grace and aplomb, as well as an extra helping of his trademark wicked wit. The Cursing Mommy's failures and weaknesses are our own—and Frazier gives them a loving, satirical spin that is uniquely his own.

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“Endearing and diabolical.” —The New York Times Book Review

“[Ian Frazier] has created a comic-strip heroine for the chattering classes, a creature both endearing and diabolical, especially when disaster looms. Which is pretty much all the time.” —The New York Times Book Review

“[The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days] is not only very funny but may actually remind you of the occasional frustrations of your own everyday life. Sit down on the floor with a big scotch and read it.” —The Boston Globe

The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days may begin as a gag but it ends as a meditation on the gag that is midlife….In this warm and deceptively political book, Ian Frazier gives us a chance to laugh at this dark truth, before we dive back into it.” —The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Ian Frazier is funny and clever and a wonderful distraction...With the Cursing Mommy, Frazier...has created a comic-strip heroine for the chattering classes, a creature both endearing and diabolical, especially when disaster looms...But here's the great thing about the Cursing Mommy, which perhaps accounts for her popularity--she's a caricature, but she isn't a joke. Thanks to Frazier's generous and gentle spirit, she isn't some suburban hot mess, though she is suburban and hot, and surely some kind of a mess. But she's also eternally optimistic.” —Judith Newman, The New York Times Book Review

“Ian Frazier is not a mommy, and as his best friend I can swear that he is not a curser in any way, yet this book, The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days, is the funniest book I have ever read on the subject of moms and the crazy bliss that makes up their life. Being and Nothingness? Read this instead, for it is even funnier than Frazier's other book: African-American Women Writers in the Diaspora: A Reconsideration of Morrison, Walker, Dove, and Frazier.” —Jamaica Kincaid

Library Journal
The author of fluidly absorbing books like Great Plains has written a first novel featuring the "Cursing Mommy" character from the columns he's been publishing in the "Shouts and Murmurs" section of The New Yorker since 2009.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250037763
Publisher:
Picador
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,323,741
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author


IAN FRAZIER is the author of Great Plains, The Fish's Eye, On the Rez, Family, Nobody Better, Better Than Nobody, Gone to New York, and Travels in Siberia, as well as Coyote v. Acme, Dating Your Mom, and Lamentations of the Father, all published by FSG. A frequent contributor to The New Yorker, he lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

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The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While this book had some humor, I made the mistake, dear readers, of ordering this in audiobooks, Cynthia Nixon gives a spirited reading; however, the cursing is so shrill and dramatic that this audiobook was unpleasant to hear. A visual soundless medium may have been more enjoyable since the eyes can skim easily without hearing the tires-on-the-street screeches of this dramatic reading. The absurdities of daily life and surreal world the cursing mommy lives in are pointed, though thankfully no woman I know has close to this thought process or lifestyle. In that way, I found the main character too cartoonish to embrace. Not for the easy listener.
Pat2121 More than 1 year ago
One of the funniest books ever written. I have never laughed longer and harder at anything in my life. I read Ian Frazier's &quot;Cursing Mommy&quot; columns in the New Yorker and have always loved them, but I couldn't imagine they would make a full length book. I was wrong. The trials of the Cursing Mommy build up over the course of the year and simply continue to get more and more hilarious. I can imagine some people being put off by all the &quot;cursing,&quot; but I would hope most would realize that it is just over the top and simply brilliant satire. Frazier is a genius, and one of the funniest writers that ever lived.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I am a cursing mommy and this book made me laugh! It's for all of us moms who aren't perfect and don't try to pretend that we are.
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MSYogaChick More than 1 year ago
Ian Frazier's character The Cursing Mommy is very funny, BUT she is better in installment form in The New Yorker.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Depressing. Not funny.