Lauren Takes Leave
By Julie Gerstenblatt
“A new standard for the chick lit/women’s fiction/beach book genre. Gerstenblatt’s prose is rip-roaringingly funny and includes a cast of zany characters that are as diverse as they are funny … She writes possibly the funniest dialogue I’ve read in years. But here’s the thing that sets this novel apart. It’s a novel about contemporary women who behave badly–at times really badly!–and yet they get away with it (to a large extent) the same way male protagonists have been sowing wild oats forever without too many consequences.”
When a jury duty summons arrives at her feet, busy wife, mother and middle school teacher Lauren Worthing suddenly possesses the perfect alibi for ditching her slightly unfulfilling career, slightly spoiled children, slightly absentee husband, and slightly criminal babysitter. With uninhibited friends like Jodi Moncrieff and Kat O’Connell by her side, Lauren takes leave of her senses and embarks on a weeklong pleasure bender.
Who hasn’t wanted to escape from their reality? With echoes of the classic Oscar Wilde play The Importance of Being Earnest, a dash of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and a touch of Thelma and Louise, Lauren’s moral fiber gets tested as she pushes against the boundaries of her world and searches for what happiness looks like at 40.