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Die Mütter-Mafia by Kerstin Gier
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You never thought you’d meet hobbits, particularly Frodo, Marie-Antoinette and Far East human trafficking in a chick-lit.

This laugh-out-loud funny novel is about Constance who thinks her life happy and satisfying, when out of the blue her husband announces his intention of divorce after a 14-year marriage. Lorenz is a man of action, so he puts out his wife and their two children, Nelly and Julius, with all of their belongings and memories from their home in no time. He “gallantly” gives his deceased parents’ house to them in the suburbs of Köln.

It turns out that the house is only just liveable, and their maintenance is only just enough to survive.

Constance has to struggle with her mother-in-law’s tasteless mahogany furniture, her malicious neighbors who sue her for everything, her ex-husband who wants to dispossess her, and obviously started an affair months before their separation, her teenage daughter, Nelly, who has typical teenage problems, and all the embarrassing situations she gets into herself.

She makes valuable friendships with the practical Mimi, who helps her renovate the house, and Anne who could be easily a single mother for her inattentive husband. Connie realizes early on that she would never fit in with the seemingly helpful and kind but in fact arrogant and snobbish Super Mom community. With their hypocrisy and putting their own motherhood and children on a pedestal, they are highly irritating. So Connie founds the Mothers’ Mafia with her new friends, where you don’t have to be a perfect mom, only good enough.

A light comedy with strongly caricatured characters, with refined situational and verbal humor, but also with serious issues such as the difficulties of single parents, the toxicosis of gossip, the danger of negligent parents, and upbringing principles.

Highly recommended for good enough moms!
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Reading Progress

May 1, 2012 – Shelved
March 3, 2014 – Started Reading
March 3, 2014 – Shelved as: laugh-out-loud-funny
March 3, 2014 – Shelved as: divorce
March 3, 2014 – Shelved as: chick-lit
March 3, 2014 – Shelved as: germany
March 3, 2014 – Shelved as: koln-germany
March 3, 2014 – Shelved as: kids
March 3, 2014 – Shelved as: cheating
March 3, 2014 – Shelved as: comedy
March 3, 2014 – Shelved as: can-be-read-as-a-stand-alone
March 3, 2014 – Shelved as: series
March 3, 2014 – Finished Reading
March 10, 2014 – Shelved as: first-person-narrative
March 10, 2014 – Shelved as: great-secondary-characters
March 10, 2014 – Shelved as: humor-funny
March 10, 2014 – Shelved as: likeable-heroine
March 10, 2014 – Shelved as: made-me-smile
March 10, 2014 – Shelved as: no-angst-low-angst

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Emma ~ The Indecisive Reader ~ Great review Exina :)

Exina Emma wrote: "Great review Exina :)"

Thanks! :)

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Pam Great review, Exina :)

Exina Pam wrote: "Great review, Exina :)"

Thanks, Pam! :)

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Shreya is there a translated version?

Exina Shreya Rath wrote: "is there a translated version?"

I don't think so, Shreya. :(

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