Want a playful, irreverent and funny new read to dive into?
Check out Class Mom by Laurie Gelman, a gossip-packed satire about suburban parenting in America. Written in an easy girlfriendly style, it provides humourous insight into what a power-crazed group parents of kindergartners can be.
Jenn Dixon, the narrator, is the most lovable and subversive class mom ever. A low-level bitchiness thrums throughout her emails to the other kindergarten parents, becoming one of the book’s indispensable pleasures. For example:
If you’ve ever seen The Hunger Games, you’ll have an idea of what I went through trying to make everyone happy with these conference times.
Here is how it shook out. If you don’t like what you get, well, good luck finding someone who cares.”
Gelman has penned a modern-day epistolary novel with several sets of major characters and a narrative scattered with a variety of marriage, friendship and parenting issues. It is full of moms and dads with emotional issues, a teacher with ethical ones, and contentious goings-on at a school.
The laugh-out-loud scenes will make you feel deep gratitude for your room parents. If you’re a room parent, this screwball comedy may just make you feel understood for the first time.
Best paired with a glass of Oregon pinot noir, chicken, mango chutney, green beans with pesto and parmesan, and basmati rice.