Mom On The Road

Mom On The Road

by Allyson Primack

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Shortly after she turned forty, Maggie Stevens took an unexpected journey that changed the course of her life. She didn't decide to visit all of the Earth's rain forests or spend months roaming through the African desert. It was not for scientific research nor was it for purposes of investigative journalism. Maggie’s journey took place in the most unlikely of places: on a bus with a bunch of actors. Think "Almost Famous," except instead of a teenage boy, it was a pre-pre-menopausal mom of three. Forced to face all of her fears on the road, Maggie must figure out how to get back the one thing she lost many years ago: herself. Inspired by the author’s own journey on the road while accompanying her son as his guardian on a Broadway tour and documented in the popular blog,

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151627528
Publisher: Allyson Ochs Primack
Publication date: 02/14/2015
Series: Mom On The Road , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 280
File size: 394 KB

About the Author

Allyson Ochs Primack was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in English Education and received her law degree from Wayne State University. She practiced law in Detroit before moving to Phoenix, Arizona in 1997. She practiced law for 15 years as a criminal defense attorney.
From January of 2013-July of 2014, she accompanied her oldest son on a Broadway tour and documented her journey in the popular blog
In August of 2014, she launched a non-profit foundation which provides children in Arizona the opportunity to see and be a part of live theatre. In October of 2014, she wrote "You'll Be Swell: What To Expect When You Expect Your Child Will Be A Star", a humorous look at the realities of show business for children today.
She is married and has three children.

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Mom On The Road 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Feathered_Quill1 More than 1 year ago
As a reviewer and a reader I am always amazed by twists of fate, and how out of nowhere you can read a book that is basically speaking of your own life. This tale, for all women whether on the road, or not, is one of the most perfect books you can possibly get your hands on. Not only does it tell a story with absolute humor, drama, and all facets of life – it also has that main character who’s learning. They are finding themselves and, happily, it is not a kid right out of high school who needs to “find themselves” long enough so they don’t have to head directly to college. Maggie Stevens is our main character, and all that can be said about her in order to “sum up” is that she is absolutely human. This is a woman who has not hit menopause; in fact, she is really pre-pre at the age of forty. She is the mother of three which means she knows full well about the yelling, crying and absolute love and hate children can give to Mom. The road trip that Maggie goes on is more than riveting and absolutely hilarious. In a bus with one of the strangest species on Earth – yes, I mean actors – Maggie makes relationships with cast members (and I wish I could unveil some of these, but I will not ruin a moment of this completely cool story), and talks about everything from the fun of staying with children in hotels to dealing with people who sometimes act as if the cavern where their brain is supposed to be actually echoes. Maggie makes many real statements in this book; the clearest being the fact that when we turn forty we look in the mirror and don’t understand who’s looking back at us. Forty starts “Act II” of our lives…an Act that we hope to heck is way better than the first. From big, sparkling cities to the drabbest of small towns, the bus journey that Maggie takes is fantastic – always reminding us that whether sparkling or drab, there’s something on every stop of the “tour” we take through our lives that we most definitely have to see. The author has actually based this on her own journey, when she was with her son working in the “guardian” role on a Broadway Tour. (For anyone who has not seen the blog, momontour@com, you have to change that fact right away; it is the funniest thing you will ever have the opportunity to read.) And although reviews are rarely personal, as a single mom who went across the country many, many (too many) times, with a little girl beside me (and, boy, were those hotel stays rough), I have to say that this was one of the most perfect books I have ever read. Now…it’s time you did. Quill says: Bad News: this book ends. Great News: “Mother Blogger” is coming to the literary scene from this outstanding author! And it will be a “must-read.”
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Mom On The Road is a contemporary humorous novel written by Allyson Ochs Primack. The author used her own experiences travelling around the country with a theatrical cast to craft this work. Maggie was old enough to have enjoyed being young and being sexually liberated before the AIDS crisis made sex dangerous. The child of hippies, she enjoyed a childhood that included summer camp and away-from-home college and she continued these experiences with law school. Life was good. Maggie was in her twenties and still single, but her friends were all getting married and having kids. When she met Paul, there was an instant spark, and they were soon married. By the time she was 40, they had 3 kids, and she had somehow lost track of who she was.  Allyson Ochs Primack's contemporary humorous novel, Mom On The Road, is a funny and totally different type of on-the-road novel, though those who are childless or not women may find a number of cringe-worthy moments sprinkled throughout this women's fiction novel. Maggie, the mommy, often seemed like an alien being or, at best, someone enmired in a domestic purgatory. I imagine some readers who have been contemplating the ticking of their biological clocks may start considering whether quieting those ticking sounds is really worth it. Where this novel shines is when Maggie and her theatrical son, Matt, are on the road. The stories about the different cities they visit and the hi-jinks on the bus are marvelous. Even better is the gradual reawakening of Maggie, the excited and adventurous young woman who somehow had forgotten about her dreams. Mom On The Road is recommended reading.