Garret got the sofa; Poppy never liked that pattern anyway.
Poppy got the coffee table – it was an antique from her grandmother.
Garret got the bed. Poppy got the bedroom furniture.
Garret got the coffee machine and Poppy got the kettle.
Garret got the toaster and Poppy took the blender.
And of course, Garret not only kept his best man from the wedding – his mate from high school – but he cleaned up with the maid of honour too. How nice for him to collect the set.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: From the author of The Fifth Letter comes a controversial and darkly comic story about the frustrations of being a childless woman in the modern baby-obsessed world . . .
Poppy’s world has been tipped sideways: the husband who never wanted children has betrayed her with her broody best friend.
At least Annalise is on her side. Her new friend is determined to celebrate their freedom from kids, so together they create a Facebook group to meet up with like-minded women, and perhaps vent just a little about smug mummies’ privileges at work.
Meanwhile their colleague Frankie would love a night out, away from her darlings – she’s not had one this decade and she’s heartily sick of being judged by women at the office as well as stay-at-home mums.
Then Poppy and Annalise’s group takes on a life of its own and frustrated members start confronting mums like Frankie in the real world. Cafés become battlegrounds, playgrounds become warzones and offices have never been so divided.
A rivalry that was once harmless fun is spiralling out of control.
Because one of their members is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. And she has an agenda of her own . . .
MY THOUGHTS: I have often said that being a mother is the most demanding job in the world. If you are lucky you have a great support network, family, friends and, these days, the Internet. But not everyone wants to be a parent, and the decision not to have children seems the most difficult one for family members and society as a whole to accept. These women are often treated as ‘oddities’, outcasts, while secretly being envied their ‘freedom’.
Nicola Moriarty has woven a tale of two distinct lifestyle groups, their petty rivalries and erroneous judgements of the others motivations and feelings. She writes about the mothers who resent the career women with their apparent lack of ties, and the career women who resent the mothers for their apparent lack of commitment to the job, about how a few ill-judged words in the heat of the moment pitted woman against woman, sister against sister, friend against friend, and just how far some of those women are prepared to go to denigrate the others choices. And what it takes for them to realise that the grass is really the same shade of green both sides of the fence.
This is my first book by Nicola Moriarty, and I am not sure exactly what I was expecting. And I am having trouble deciding exactly what I felt about this book. It was, in parts, amusing. I did have trouble with the concept that two groups of women would literally come to blows over defending their decision to have or not have children, though I guess world wars have been started with little more provocation. Moriarty has demonstrated a good understanding of the feelings and motivations of a wide range of women with differing lifestyles. But somehow, I just didn’t get immersed in this book. I felt like I was ‘ reading a book ‘. Yes, I know that is exactly what I was doing, but I like to feel that I am right in there with the characters, and this just didn’t happen.
However, there was nothing I actively disliked about Those Other Women, and overall I enjoyed the read, so 3.5 stars.
Thank you to Harper Collins Publishers Australia via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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