[First published July 26, 2018]

If someone set out to write a fictionalized account about the perils of female midlife crisis they could not come up with a more entertaining and spot-on book than Allison Pearson’s How Hard Can It Be? That is probably exactly what her goal was, just as she demonstrated a commanding knowledge of the problems facing working mothers in her last book, I Don’t Know How She Does It. Besides having a knack for catchy titles, Pearson has an eye and an ear for universal situations facing overwhelmed women while at the same time making her characters compelling and believably individual.

Yes, this is chick lit, but in its highest form. Pearson’s novel is not meant to trivialize women’s issues, but to illuminate them, along with a good dose of feminism in the mix. And she does all this in a self-deprecating…

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