I'll Take What She Has

I'll Take What She Has

A Novel

Paperback - 2012
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Perfect for fans of Marisa de los Santos and Allison Winn Scotch, Samantha Wilde's new novel is a funny and heartfelt look at friendship, marriage, and the dynamics of modern motherhood.

Nora and Annie have been best friends since kindergarten. Nora, a shy English teacher at a quaint New England boarding school, longs to have a baby. Annie, an outspoken stay-at-home mother of two, longs for one day of peace and quiet (not to mention more money and some free time). Despite their very different lives, nothing can come between them--until Cynthia Cypress arrives on campus.

Cynthia has it all: brains, beauty, impeccable style, and a gorgeous husband (who happens to be Nora's ex). When Cynthia eagerly befriends Nora, Annie's oldest friendship is tested. Now, each woman must wrestle the green-eyed demon of envy and, in the process, confront imperfect, mixed-up family histories they don't want to repeat . Amid the hilarious and harried straits of friendship, marriage, and parenthood, the women may discover that the greenest grass is right beneath their feet.

Praise for I'll Take What She Has

"Samantha Wilde has a dry wit, a big heart, and a sharp eye that doesn't miss a trick. I'll Take What She Has is a smart and funny behind-the-scenes look at private school life and the grass-is-always-greener friendships of three women who, like most of us, would have fabulous lives if only they could get out of their own way!"--Claire Cook, bestselling author of Must Love Dogs and Wallflower in Bloom

"With wit, compassion, and a keen ear for dialogue Wilde explores issues of insecurity, envy, young motherhood, and friendship in this fast-paced work."-- Publishers Weekly

"With her easy, amusing narrative style, Wilde speaks the language of women and communicates what lies in their hearts. Add to that a strong, genuine plot with expressive, intelligent yet flawed characters at the center, and you have a gem of a read."-- RT Book Reviews

"A poignant, thoroughly entertaining tale of friends, family, and wanting more."--Valerie Frankel, author of Four of a Kind

"Wilde delivers an honest, unflinching, and emotional look at the messy unpredictability of both motherhood and friendship."--Lisa Verge Higgins, author of The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship


From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books Trade Paperbacks, c2012.
ISBN: 9780345535764
0345535766
9780385342674
0385342675
Characteristics: xiv, 397 p. ; 21 cm.

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Cdnbookworm Apr 04, 2013

This book alternates chapters between two friends, Annie and Nora. The two have been friends since they were young children in Iowa. Years ago, when a job opened up at the boarding school near Boston that Annie's partner Ted taught at, she called Nora to urge her to apply. Nora has blossomed there, gaining a loyal following of students and getting married to a local lawyer Alfie. Now Nora desperately wants children and is worried that nothing is happening after months of trying. Annie seems consumed by anger, anger at her boisterous children, anger at her husband's long separated wife for not signing the divorce papers, anger at the other woman at the children's centre she goes to, anger at being short of money all the time, anger at her own anger. When a new teacher arrives and seems to embody perfection, and get all the things the two women thought they wanted, they react in different ways, Nora by spending lots of time with her and Annie by pushing Nora away and becoming even more angry. When Nora's relations start to arrive with their own agendas, she isn't sure how to react.
This is a book about envy, about self-knowledge, about love and family. A feel-good book about everyday life.

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