“A Window Opens”

A great choice for end-of-summer reading lists and book clubs is this buzzed-about debut by Elizabeth Egan, the Books Editor at Glamour Magazine. The novel, inspired by Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In and the author’s own career in publishing, focuses on wife, mother of three, and recent returnee to the full-time workforce, Alice Pearse. Alice struggles to find her place in her demanding new job. When faced with marital issues and her father’s failing health, balancing work and family life becomes even more challenging. While there were certain parts of the story I found more difficult to appreciate than others, I enjoyed it, especially the references to adult and children’s books throughout. I would recommend it to mothers, working women, and bibliophiles alike.

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