Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group


Wendy French

Forge Books




First there was Bridget Jones. Then came the Nannies. Now meet Claire McLeod, a twenty-something American girl living in Portland, Oregon. Claire's got big problems: her mother's a tyrant, her sister's a lesbian, her father's in Omaha.

Claire's peaceful, if dull, existence is shattered when her mother arrives in Portland for an unexpected--and unwelcome--visit. Armed with a sharp tongue, a critical eye, and enough Weekender Wear to make anyone nervous, Mom has mysteriously left Dad at home in the Midwest. It's not enough that Claire's job as a telephone survey-taker is excruciatingly irritating and her boyfriend has dumped her. No, now, embarrassed by her dead-end job and flatlining love life, she must also bear the weight of Mom's critical eagle eye while trying to close the rift between her mother and her sister, solve the riddle of her missing father, climb a shaky corporate ladder, stalk a cute coworker, reinvent herself, and maybe--just maybe--find a little happiness.

By turns tender and insightful--but always hilariously funny--sMothering is a novel you can't put down.

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Mother comes to visit . . .

I could only hope that other mothers were like her, a combination of idiosyncrasies and careful manners, wrapped in a department store wardrobe of navy, black, and gray. Sensible shoes and pearl earrings. Restless...


Praise for sMothering

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

“Wendy French's debut is a mother of a novel.” —Valerie Frankel, author of The Accidental Virgin

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

“This debut is warm, tender and more substantive than most of its type. . . . Female readers of all ages should relate. . . . French's novel stands out from its fluffy chick-lit sisters with a snappy humor, charged family dynamics and a plot twist that will throw readers for a loop.” —Publisher's Weekly

“French asks deeper questions about trust and boundaries while deftly offering up all the ususal delights: acid wit, farcical misunderstandings and plot twists, and a few existential questions about moving up versus selling out.” —Booklist

“Smoothly written first outing and, all told, really pretty amusing.” —Kirkus Reviews

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Wendy French

Wendy French was raised in Vancouver, Canada, where her parents unwittingly cursed her writing career by providing a happy and stable childhood. In an effort to overcome her unfortunate beginnings, she sought artistic torment at the University of Victoria, but despair eluded her. Although she earned a B.A. in Writing and English in 1994, she didn't suffer for a moment. Hoping for worse luck south of the border, she moved to Portland, Oregon, with her husband, but happiness continued to stalk her, day and night. Finally, she conceded defeat, abandoned her quest for misery, and began writing humorous women's fiction. sMothering is her first novel.

Wendy French

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