Amanda Bright @ Home: A Novel

Amanda Bright @ Home: A Novel

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Amanda Bright @ Home 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a really easy and quick read. It's light-hearted and entertaining. Gives stay at home moms something to relate too and ends on a happy note that would never happen in real life, but hey its fiction and meant to entertain us. Who wants to see the main character end up miserable anyway.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story about an intelligent woman in her mid-thirties dealing with the realities of child-rearing, politics (social, school and government), and marriage. It's 'chick-lit' for women my age and a lot of what she wrote about rang true of many smart women who choose to stay home and worry about the loss of their 'identity'. I agree with the reviewer who wished for a more satisfying ending. There's definate character growth but I hoped for a stronger resolution of her relationship dilemmas (particularly with her shallow, playgroup friends).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amanda Bright is a degreed, intelligent woman who, like so many women, does not have what it takes to be all things to all people (imagine!). She has decided to stay at home to raise two children because it was just too difficult to do justice to both her kids and her work. I think deep down she knows that staying home with her kids is the right thing FOR HER to do, but she grew up with a women's libber mother who continues to tell her she's wasting herself being a stay-at-home mom. She also remembers the sense of satisfaction and enjoyment she got out of her job prior to having babies. I think her real struggle is this: she wants to stay at home with her kids but she also wants to be recognized and appreciated for this choice as much as she was when her choice initially was to stay in the 'working world' -- and our society just doesn't do that. There was also the money factor. Amanda, hubby and kids live in D.C. on one public sector salary; pretty hard to do in one of the most expensive cities in the country. I understand her dilemma and I know it's one that women all over this country struggle with. The only thing that bothered me was the rosy ending: her hubby gets a $400,000 a year job and fixes everything! If only!
Guest More than 1 year ago
For any women considering being a Stay at home mom or are one already, do not read this book. It was miserable from start to finish. The characters whining jeolousy of everyone from her husband to her friends was nothing uplifting. Thank god I don't live one aspect of this womens life. If you are considering having children, don't read the book. Thank god this is fiction, and not someones real life! A total waste of time, from start to finish.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Washington DC, thirty-five years old Amanda wonders if that is all there is in life. Currently, she is a mom raising two small children while her brain atrophies and sex when she can find her spouse Bob is typically 'kid interuptus'. Bob works for the Justice Department where he heading up an antitrust investigation against MegaByte.

He is so engulfed in his work, Bob is clueless that Amanda is unhappy, depressed and perhaps nearing collapse. She cringes every time she sees her husband on the news as he has made something of himself while her degree serves as toilet paper. Amanda even dreams of returning to the NEA where she once was gainfully employed. Will Bob see the dual lights in the tunnel of the onrushing train in time to help Amanda before she suffers a breakdown and before he leads the Un-American attack on big business?

Though married with children, AMANDA BRIGHT@HOME is a chick lit tale focusing on the woes of the lead female character. Readers will feel for Amanda when her depression seems overwhelming and she cannot breathe, but also wonder over how trivial the cause of the collapse seems. Still readers who believe that a family can save everyone within the unit will savor this tale. Pragmatists, centrists, and the left will prefer Dan Quayle for their family value treatise.

Harriet Klausner