Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
After the Rice

After the Rice

A Novel

Wendy French

Forge Books




Megan Ismore's bungalow isn't big enough to house her problems---or her relatives.

Married just ten months, Megan's life with Matt would be grand if it weren't for a fast-growing secret she can't bear to share. As if that weren't enough, she's dealing with Matt's belching Uncle Tony, who is residing on an air mattress in the basement, and her sister Andrea, a roving hippie, who is nesting on their couch. Plus dueling mothers-in-law hell-bent on double-booking the newlyweds, an incontinent terrier, and a randy best friend. As midterm exams are about to begin, Megan's unweaned infant niece (a.k.a. The Pink Tyrant) is left in her care, and there's no time to spare for reexamining her life. Between the demands of her family and a gigantic decision only she and Matt can make, Megan finds herself in a state of marital chaos that she never imagined but must somehow manage.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


Chapter One

I was late, and not for the bus.

I stood in front of the bathroom mirror, afraid to look at myself, concentrating instead on the checkered shower curtain reflected just beyond my right shoulder. In an effort...


Praise for After the Rice

“Fun, witty, and utterly charming.” —Sarah Mlynowski on Going Coastal

“French manages to make bizarre situations seem plausible, and her strong suit lies in the characters.” —Booklist on Going Coastal

“Unexpectedly poignant...the emotions ring true.” —Entertainment Weekly on sMothering

“Fabulous, funny, and rings frighteningly true!” —Melissa Senate, author of See Jane Date on sMothering

About the author

Wendy French

Wendy French was raised in Vancouver, Canada, and currently lives in Washington State.

Wendy French

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From the Publisher

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