Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner

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Little Earthquakes

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

As every new mother knows, babies bring tremendous new joys and worries into the parents’ hearts. Little Earthquakes tells the story of four women sharing mutual support and secrets in the crazy-making year after their babies’ births.

Chef Rebecca Rothstein-Rabinowitz has a successful restaurant, a congenial doctor husband, and an egalitarian, happy marriage. Even her plus-size body does not bother her, but she has never found a way to defuse her pushy mother-in-law. Kelly Day’s exciting career as an event planner seems ideal for working largely at home while she tends to baby Oliver. Yet all her careful plans fall apart when her husband loses his job and turns into a complete couch potato. Married to a professional basketball star, Ayinde Towne seems favored by fortune. Her baby-raising guide has no answers, though, for how to counteract...

(The entire section is 287 words.)