Columbus: "City Mouse: A Novel" by Stacey Lender
Please join us Tuesday, June 6th at 7pm for the launch of City Mouse: A Novel by Stacey Lender.
Priced out of their Manhattan neighborhood, Jessica and Aaron move with their young daughters to the one place Jessica swore she’d never go: the suburbs. But to Jessica’s surprise, life in the commuter belt makes a great first impression. She quickly falls in with a clique of helpful mom friends who welcome her with pitchers of margaritas, neighborhood secrets, and a pair of hot jeans that actually fit.
Still, it’s hard to keep up in a crowd where everyone competes for the most perfectly manicured home and latest backyard gadgets. And what’s worse, as the only working mom in her circle, Jessica sometimes feels disconnected and alone. So she’s thrilled when she’s invited to a moms-only weekend at the beach, which she assumes will mean new opportunities for real talk and bonding. Instead, the trip turns into a series of eye-opening lessons, and Jessica must decide if she’s strong enough to be honest with herself about the sort of life she really wants.
“For every city mom who fears death by suburbia—and for every suburban mom who wonders if it’s just her—this insightful, funny trip into the secrets behind those picket fences is required reading.”
—Maureen Sherry, author of Opening Belle
“Stacey Lender has written a book I could not put down! City Mouse reminds mothers of that priceless lesson: the grass is always greener . . . and maybe even alcohol-soaked Astroturf. I tore through this book like a bored, competitive housewife tears through her Xanax.”
—Faith Salie, author of Approval Junkie, journalist and host of NPR's Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!
“City Mouse is a sharp and sophisticated novel of suburban life with a narrative voice that is equal parts witty, observant, and vulnerable. A wonderful debut!”
—Susan Isaacs, New York Times best-selling author
City Mouse is latest novel in Akashic’s Kaylie Jones Books imprint.
Stacey Lender grew up in the suburbs of New York City with a god-awful perm and later graduated from Cornell University. She started her career as a roadie and rose through the ranks from luggage schlepper to marketing executive for entertainment brands including Radio City Music Hall, USA Network, Madison Square Garden, Sesame Street Live, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and One World Observatory at the top of One World Trade Center. Today she lives on the Upper West Side with her husband and two daughters, and has traveled to all fifty states. City Mouse is Stacey’s first novel. To learn more, visit staceylender.com.