If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now

By Claire LaZebnik (Trade Paperback, 2010)
From the well-loved author of Knitting Under the Influence and The Smart One and the Pretty One comes a new novel about a young single mother trying to move out of her family's shadow.

Rickie left home a long time ago-so how is it that at the age of twenty-five, she's living with her parents again, and sleeping in the bedroom of her childhood home?

At least one thing has changed since high school: She now has a very sweet but frequently challenging son named Noah, who attends the same tony private LA school she herself attended. Rickie fit in fine when she was a student, but now her age and tattoos make her stand out from all the blond Stepford moms, who are desperate to know why someone so young-and so unmarried-has a kid in first grade.

Already on the defensive, Rickie goes into full mother-tigress mode when her small and unathletic son tells her that the gym teacher is out to get him. She storms the principal's office, only to discover that Andrew Fulton, the coach, is no dumb jock. As her friendship with Andrew develops, Rickie finds herself questioning her assumptions-about motherhood, being a grown-up, and falling in love.
  • Grand Central Publishing
    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $13.99 US/$15.99 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780446555012

    • On Sale Date: 09/27/2010

    • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

    Formats Available: Trade Paperback, Electronic Book

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From the well-loved author of Knitting Under the Influence and The Smart One and the Pretty One comes a new novel about a young single mother trying to move out of her family's shadow.

Rickie left home a long time ago-so how is it that at the age of twenty-five, she's living with her parents again, and sleeping in the bedroom of her childhood home?

At least one thing has changed since high school: She now has a very sweet but frequently challenging son named Noah, who attends the same tony private LA school she herself attended. Rickie fit in fine when she was a student, but now her age and tattoos make her stand out from all the blond Stepford moms, who are desperate to know why someone so young-and so unmarried-has a kid in first grade.

Already on the defensive, Rickie goes into full mother-tigress mode when her small and unathletic son tells her that the gym teacher is out to get him. She storms the principal's office, only to discover that Andrew Fulton, the coach, is no dumb jock. As her friendship with Andrew develops, Rickie finds herself questioning her assumptions-about motherhood, being a grown-up, and falling in love.

Claire LaZebnik lives in Los Angeles with her TV writer husband and four children. She is the author of the novels The Smart One and the Pretty One (5 Spot, 2008), Knitting Under the Influence (5 Spot, 2006), and Same as it Never Was and co-author of Overcoming Autism: Finding the Answers, Strategies, and Hope That Can Transform a Child's Life and Growing Up on the Spectrum: A Guide to Life, Love, and Learning for Teens and Young Adults with Autism and Asperger's.
  • "A clever yet poignant gaze at a young mother navigating budding romance, living at home with mom, and the treacherous labyrinth of a typical L.A. private school." (Gigi Levangie Grazer, author of The Starter Wife and Queen Takes King ).

  • "I love this book. Rickie is a great heroine, flawed and funny, maybe drinks too much, but is still an awesome mom. It is affecting and entertaining. I read it in a weekend, which from me, there is almost no higher praise." (Mindy Kaling).

  • "If you've ever secretly wished to be struck by lightning so you could skip your kid's school fundraiser, Claire LaZebnik knows your pain. LaZebnik roped me in with compelling characters but I stayed for her delicious storytelling. If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now is fierce, funny and full of surprisingly heartbreaking twists and turns."  (Annabelle Gurwitch, co-author of You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up: A Love Story).

  • "A sweet, surprising story about coming home, growing up, and moving on." (Beth Kendrick, author of Second Time Around ).

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If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Price: $13.99 US/$15.99 CAN
  • Pages: 352
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/4" x 8"
  • ISBN-13: 9780446555012
  • On Sale Date: 09/27/2010
If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now