The Reviews For Allison Pearson’s I Don’t Know How She Does It Are Beyond Parody
Sandra Parsons writes in the Daily Mail:
Now, I hate to sound unsisterly. But if I hear one more woman droning on about how hard life is for us today, I may have to set about her with my enormously bulky handbag — or possibly a copy of my predecessor Allison Pearson’s brilliant novel, I Don’t Know How She Does It, now made into a film with Sarah Jessica Parker.
When the novel was published ten years ago, a colleague who’d just had a baby bought me a copy, admiringly inscribed: ‘I really don’t know how you do it!’ (At the time, I had a full-time job, a five-year-old and a baby). My answer then was the same as it is now: by simply getting on with it.
Sarah Sands writes for the Evening Standard:
Along with other working mothers I’m looking forward to the film of I Don’t Know How She Does It. Indeed, I am honoured by my fleeting contribution to the book. After a working lunch with its author, Allison Pearson, I reached into my bag for my wallet and pulled out instead a child’s urine sample. The rest is literature.
As does Fiona Neill:
My fledgling attempt at being a superwoman like Kate Reddy, the heroine of the book and now film I Don’t Know How She Does It, began and ended the day I was due back at work six months after the birth of my first child, when the nanny I had employed failed to turn up…
Says one critic not a million miles away from here: “Is it parody?:
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