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Publisher Description

Laurie Gelman’s clever debut novel about a year in the life of a kindergarten class mom—a brilliant send-up of the petty and surprisingly cutthroat terrain of parent politics.

Jen Dixon is not your typical Kansas City kindergarten class mom—or mom in general. Jen already has two college-age daughters by two different (probably) musicians, and it’s her second time around the class mom block with five-year-old Max—this time with a husband and father by her side. Though her best friend and PTA President sees her as the “wisest” candidate for the job (or oldest), not all of the other parents agree.

From recording parents’ response times to her emails about helping in the classroom, to requesting contributions of “special” brownies for curriculum night, not all of Jen’s methods win approval from the other moms. Throw in an old flame from Jen’s past, a hyper-sensitive “allergy mom,” a surprisingly sexy kindergarten teacher, and an impossible-to-please Real Housewife-wannabe, causing problems at every turn, and the job really becomes much more than she signed up for.

Relatable, irreverent, and hilarious in the spirit of Maria Semple, Class Mom is a fresh, welcome voice in fiction—the kind of novel that real moms clamor for, and a vicarious thrill-read for all mothers, who will be laughing as they are liberated by Gelman’s acerbic truths.

Fiction & Literature
August 1
Henry Holt and Co.

Customer Reviews

Annaparsons3 ,

Go Jen!

Hilariously relatable - as a former Room Mom and PTA President I literally laughed out loud at both books in this series. Keep writing!


Beach book

Not well written- but a fun and enjoyable light read

GameCrazee ,

Class Mom

What a hoot! Loved it. Was never a class mom myself (and now I’m SO glad) but I can imagine it would have been exactly as written because those emails sound exactly like me. Which is a source of pride, actually. Can’t wait for more stories from this author.

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