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by Julie Halpern

MATERNITY LEAVE by Julie Halpern

Julie Halpern’s MATERNITY LEAVE is the profane, profound and just plain funny story of a professional woman who thinks she's ready for a baby but her maternity leave proves otherwise, pitched as I Don't Know How She Does It doing a twist on What to REALLY Expect When You Don't Know WTF To Expect.

Thirty-six-year old Annie Schwartz-Jensen and her husband, Zach, waited to have a baby until the time was perfect. Annie got pregnant as planned, she hid her puke breath from the students in her seventh grade class, and drew up a detailed birth plan. She knew what to expect. She couldn't wait to raise her child in the most expertly precise way, using the trials and errors of all the parents who came before her in her ten years of teaching. She couldn't wait to feel the unconditional love, that moment everyone told her about, when she had a baby of her own. MATERNITY LEAVE begins nine months later, as Annie gives birth to Sam, who comes out perfectly formed and screaming. After all those years of dreaming about a baby, this one is real. And he scares the living crap out of Annie. And she has committed to staying home with him for six long months.

MATERNITY LEAVE is a hilarious, honest, heart-lifting story about baby's first year – the sleepless nights, the painful breastfeeding, the self-doubt/loathing that comes with motherhood, the postpartum dieting, the postpartum marital sex (or lack thereof), the Yummy Mummies who seem to know what they're doing …and of course, the colorful poop. All the poop. So. Much. Poop.

Julie Halpern is the author of five young adult novels and one picture book for young readers. MATERNITY LEAVE is her first novel for adults. Prior to her life as full-time mom and author, Julie was a school librarian. In her imaginary spare time, she enjoys traveling, watching television for grown-ups, and eating baked goods. Julie lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, author and illustrator Matthew Cordell, and their two children.

"It's wry, romantic, and so, so true."

Praise for Julie Halpern: -

"Uproariously funny and authentic." - Booklist on Get Well Soon

"A dazzling novel full of spirit and laugh out loud moments." - BookYAReview on The F-It List

"It's wry, romantic, and so, so true." - Gabrielle Zevin, author of Elsewhere on Get Well Soon