Trophy Life

Trophy Life

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Overview

A refreshingly honest, laugh-out-loud novel about losing the life you always wanted…and finding the life you were meant to have.

For the last ten years, Agnes Parsons’s biggest challenge has been juggling yoga classes and lunch dates. Her Santa Monica house staff takes care of everything, leaving Agnes to focus on her trophy-wife responsibilities: look perfect, adore her older husband, and wear terribly expensive (if uncomfortable) underwear.

When her husband disappears, leaving Agnes and their infant daughter with no money, no home, and no staff, she is forced to move across the country, where she lands a job teaching at an all-boys boarding school in the Bronx. So long, organic quinoa bowls and sunshine-filled California life. Hello, processed food, pest-infested house, and twelve-year-old-boy humor—all day, every day.

But it’s in this place of second chances (and giant bugs), where Agnes is unexpectedly forced to take care of herself and her daughter, where she finds out the kind of woman she can be. Ultimately, she has to decide if she prefers the woman and mother she has become…or the trophy life she left behind.

Authentic and sharply witty, Trophy Life is proof that granny panties and mom coats might not be the answer to everything; they’re simply comfortable (if slightly unattractive) reminders of what happens when one life ends…and real life begins.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781721337132
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 04/09/2019
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Lea Geller is a recovering lawyer who lives in New York with her husband and children. She began her writing career by blogging about her adventures in the trenches of parenting, and got the idea for Trophy Life when her two sons were in middle school.

When Lea’s not eavesdropping on her children, she can be found running, drinking diner coffee, and occasionally teaching middle-school English. She enjoys embarrassing her family by posting pictures of her vegetable garden on Instagram (#IgrewDinner). You can follow her at www.leageller.com.

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Trophy Life 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
LindseyBo 13 days ago
Thanks Netgalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review. I have been mostly reading heavy nonfiction books lately, so my favorite go to genre in fiction is Woman's Fiction. This book delivered exactly what I needed. Laughs, silliness, a not always likable main character. I love though when the woman learns some valuable life lessons and is much stronger than she gave her self credit for. This is a perfect summer read!
Theresa B 14 days ago
I thought this would be a light, sexy read, but it was a lot more complex (in a very good way) than I expected. Agnes's husband is an investor who has done something he shouldn't. Their luxurious Los Angeles home, cars, possessions are all taken away and he finds a "safe place" for Agnes and their toddler daughter, Grace, in the Bronx at an all-boys prep school run by one of his clients. Agnes is in the dark as to what her husband, Jack, has done, but she goes along with the plan and moves across the country. Fortunately, this brings her closer to her longtime friend Beeks. Agnes starts working at the boys prep school and at first the middle school boys she teaches are very undisciplined and she struggles to maintain order in the classroom. This reminded me a lot of the sweathogs in Welcome Back Kotter (I'm aging myself!!). The intimidating principal is there to help her and her annoying neighbor is also there to offer suggestions. There is an interesting cast of characters in this little community Agnes finds herself in. Over time she befriends her students and come to have an understanding of them and some things going on at the school and Agnes has to make some tough decisions. This was a quick read and very pop-culture oriented with name dropping of stores and brands, but the message and the character arc were great. A solid 4 star read for me.
CharlotteLynnsReviews 3 months ago
A wife and mother has everything she could ever want until her husband disappears and leaves her broke without anything to help support her and their daughter. Everyone has seen that person who seems to have it all together without breaking a sweat. That is exactly how Agnes lives. She is that person, she has the life that she always dreamed of. Until she doesn’t. I knew that there was another shoe to drop. I had a feeling that something else was going on with Agnes and her not so amazing husband. The strength that Agnes showed while moving across the country, living in a rodent-infested house, and working in a job that she is not trained for all while taking care of her wonderful daughter proved how when push comes to shove a mother can do what is needed to make a safe home. I liked that she didn’t always give in to the easiest route; she did what she had to do, and called people out when it was needed. The ending was perfect. Agnes is a hero with a heart of gold when it comes to taking care of her little girl and protecting her students.
CharlotteLynnsReviews 3 months ago
A wife and mother has everything she could ever want until her husband disappears and leaves her broke without anything to help support her and their daughter. Everyone has seen that person who seems to have it all together without breaking a sweat. That is exactly how Agnes lives. She is that person, she has the life that she always dreamed of. Until she doesn’t. I knew that there was another shoe to drop. I had a feeling that something else was going on with Agnes and her not so amazing husband. The strength that Agnes showed while moving across the country, living in a rodent-infested house, and working in a job that she is not trained for all while taking care of her wonderful daughter proved how when push comes to shove a mother can do what is needed to make a safe home. I liked that she didn’t always give in to the easiest route; she did what she had to do, and called people out when it was needed. The ending was perfect. Agnes is a hero with a heart of gold when it comes to taking care of her little girl and protecting her students.
lauriesophee 3 months ago
Aggie lived in foster homes until she was of age to be independent. She never had a lot. THEN.... She hit the lottery and married Jack after college. A Trophy Life was achieved. She had it all and that included her six month old daughter Grace and a caregiver to assist in parenting. There is also an elegant cook who only makes natural, organic foods for the family. But WAIT..... She then finds herself moving to the Bronx from California with Grace and NO Jack. She has been given a teaching job in a private boys middle school. How did this happen? What kind off trouble is Jack involved in? When would the nightmare end? Aggie is not going down without a fight, and I really admired her constitution and humor. She stayed true to her beliefs when life goes awry. She has common sense and a survival instincts that we could all use. It's a wonderful intriguing book that any age group will enjoy!
paulalala09 3 months ago
Unprepared is the best word to describe Agnes in this terrific novel set in one very tumultuous year of her life. Unprepared for her husband, Jack’s, actions that leave her and her baby daughter on the brink of destitute. Unprepared when he sends her to work across the country at a Bronx middle school. Unprepared to deal with five testing, misbehaving middle school boys. But, Agnes has the wherewithal to see beyond the confines of her new life and to see the quickly depleting but still present value in each of the boys. All the while she, herself, is struggling to make sense of Jack’s actions and hoping they will reunite. The novel really draws you in with each chapter. You will find yourself rooting for Agnes and for her boys. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Towrin Zaman 3 months ago
This is a story about a woman learning to become independent and grow confidence in herself again. Agnes used to be a preschool teacher, until she was swept off her feet by the rich, and much older Jack. They got married and he kept her a pampered and happy bride. After ten years of a comfortable marriage, Agnes is now the mother of a toddler Grace. Agnes has her husband to take all the decisions, a caretaker and a nanny to do all the work for her. Until Jack makes a big mistake that costs them the life they know it is. Agnes is forced to move to New York with Gracy all alone, while Jack goes into hiding without any warning. Agnes, after a long time, has to take care of herself. She is forced to become a middle-school teacher of boisterous boys, contact her husband through his colleague, and feed her daughter all by herself. What a tragedy! Agnes was a little too acquiescent for my taste, and a lot forgiving of her husband. It takes her almost all the book to realize that she can live on her own, and not be a casualty of another man. But I couldn't help feeling bad for her and rooted for her. I liked the scenes with her class and how she slowly wins them over. The ending was a little too abrupt. I'd have liked a more resolute ending. This book is not perfect by any stretch. But it's a certainly refreshing tale of a woman finding her feet.
AnnieMcDonnell 3 months ago
Lea Geller’s debut novel is aces! I have no doubt that women everywhere are going to love this book. The heroine Agnes “Aggie” Parsons is 110% one of my favorite fictional characters to come along in a long time. She was beyond likable for so many reasons. She is presented with losing it all and having to fight back and you cannot help but cheer for her the whole way through. Agnes’s husband Jack disappears one day and his closest friend, “Don” tells her not to call the police. Her husband is in real trouble and he just needs time to fix it, and there is a plan she just needs to stay away from him for the time being. The next day she is told to move to New York; all the way from the comforts of her plush home in sunny Santa Monica, to go teach English at a boarding school for boys. Mind you, it has housing and day care for their 6-month-old daughter, Grace. She is to get across the country by driving a used beat up car, because her fancy car is now gone. There will be no nanny, no housekeeper, no lovely home on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific anymore for Agnes. Most importantly, there will be no husband to look out for her. Agnes will only have herself to count on. Will she be able to fend for herself in this whole new world in the Bronx, New York? This is a fantastically written tale! I went in to this story thinking I was reading a chick lit book, but there is a deeper story going on at the boarding school that I found so intriguing. I wasn’t just rooting for Agnes; I was rooting for her students, as well. For a read that you will absolutely fall in love with I highly recommend “Trophy Life”! I know that Lea Geller made it on to my favorite author hot list! I’m anxiously awaiting her next novel!
Ashcclapp 3 months ago
This book was just so much better than I expected! I love that it did not follow the typical women's literary fiction formula by having a standout romantic storyline. Instead, it showed great character growth and allowed the main character of Agnes to become independent in her own right and on her own terms. I like that there were some minor pitfalls in this maturation process for her and that it wasn't a seamless transition. The fact that there wasn't always a crutch for her either, whether in the form of a female best friend or male counterpart, only emphasized the realism behind this novel. The main character certainly makes mistakes but she owns up to them and allows them to change her path. Overall, this was just a pleasure to read and experience and I love that it wasn't what I was expecting. My only critique is that, at the beginning of the book when Agnes is forced to uproot her life, some quirks come out as so out of character, such as not understanding nutritional value or even how to feed her child when she herself was a preschool teacher previously. It seemed as though it was in there for dramatic effect only but, that being said, this book was a breath of fresh air. Many thanks to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for the ARC of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
teachlz 3 months ago
Lea Geller, Author of “Trophy Life” has written a witty, intriguing, entertaining, and thought-provoking novel. The Genres for this novel are Fiction, Women’s Fiction, with a touch of humor. The time-line for this story is in the present and goes to the past, when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. Lea Geller describes her characters as complex, complicated and dysfunctional. Agnes Parsons life has been extremely comfortable for the last ten years. Agnes has all the jewelry she can want, the most expensive clothes, a house-keeper and a nanny to take care of the baby, and a handsome husband. Does this sound too good to be true? It seems too good to be true, when Agnes finds out that her husband has problems and deep secrets, and she and the baby have to leave the only home they know. They are told it is for their safety, and they are in danger. Only where is her husband? Why does the tiny apartment given to her by the school she will be teaching middle school English, have mice and leaks? Agnes finds there are secrets where she is working. There are betrayals from certain people. What is Agnes to do? I appreciate that Lea Geller discusses the importance of family, friends, and love. I would recommend this delightful and witty novel for readers who enjoy an entertaining story. I received an ARC for my honest review. 1 like