"A hilarious book about the city vs. suburb divide."
--New York Post, a Must-Read Book
"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
"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
"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
"Lender sharply portrays the corrupt privilege of upper-middle-class suburbanites, and with a twist of her pen, the Stepford Wives take the upper hand over their husbands...the climactic explosion takes everyone by surprise. A bracingly tart portrait of suburban hell."
"Lender's enlightening, beautifully plotted novel dives deep into the notion of having it all while playing with the shallow notions of the American dream."
"This defines a beach read for me! So relatable to our own lives as it is all about mom trying to find out exactly where she fits in the in the scheme of suburbia--all that goes along with it. Plus, when a book is described as The Stepford Wives meets Bad Moms, how can you go wrong?"
--Mom of the Year (blog), included in 20 Best Summer Books
"It's not long before neighborhood secrets give away to scandal, proving the grass--and the Astroturf--isn't always greener on the other side of the white-picket fence."
"With real estate prices on the rise, Jessica, Aaron, and their kids are forced to ditch their chichi Manhattan digs for the suburbs. Though she had her worries, Jessica settles into her new normal with ease--but when she embarks on a moms-only trip with her new galpals, she ends up learning a few eye-opening lessons that spur her to reevaluate her life."
"Lender's debut novel is positively irresistible. It's hilarious and insightful and just the type of book any city girl needs to tote to her vacation rental this summer...even with three kids in tow."
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.
Lender's debut novel tells the story of a young family on the brink of change. Unable to find the space they need for the right price in New York City, Aaron finally convinces his wife, Jessica, to move out to the suburbs with their two young daughters. A working mom in love with her job and the big city, Jessica takes some convincing. But when they move, the Victorian house and the new neighbors are just the change Jessica needed. Their shiny new home and vibrant friends, however, quickly begin to lose their luster. Commuting is the nightmare Jessica imagined, and she misses the walks around the city and easy dining options. She also struggles to keep up with her new friends, who are mostly stay-at-home moms, free to organize school and charity events. Although desperate to fit in and make this new life work, Jessica can't get over her disgust for her new friends' grade-school-level cattiness and excessive partying. When eventually invited to a beach trip with the neighborhood moms, Jessica jumps at the chance to get away, relax, and really get to know her new friends. But her weekend away uncovers a host of secrets and scandals that make her question her family's move even more. Lender's enlightening, beautifully plotted novel dives deep into the notion of having it all while playing with the shallow notions of the American dream.
For an Moms out there, Jessica is who you see as your soul sister. Her satire and witty prose throughout this novel is what makes it all work as perfectly as it does