How Hard Can It Be? by Allison Pearson
One of my favorite novels of 2003 and maybe the entire decade was I Don’t Know How She Does It featuring working mom Kate Reddy who battles sexism and sleep deprivation while climbing the corporate ladder at a London hedge fund.
Flash forward seven years, Kate, now at stay at home mom, battles irrelevancy and hot flashes as she attempts to reenter the very same workplace while her husband pursues a degree in counseling with a minor in cycling. Supervising aging parents and teenaged children compound Kate’s challenges.
Hysterical and surprisingly profound.
What Other Reviewers Say
Tina Brown: “Few sequels beat the original, but How Hard Can It Be does so hands down. Kate Reddy’s comeback as a pushing-fifty ‘Returner,’ re-entering the workforce after a spell on the mommy track, is zesty, razor-sharp, and hilarious.”
Who Wrote It
Allison Pearson is the author of the New York Times Notable Book and bestseller I Don’t Know How She Does It and I Think I Love You. She is a columnist for The Telegraph (UK) and has also written for numerous other publications, including Time, The New York Times, Vogue, and Woman & Home. She lives in Cambridge, England.