When California-born war correspondent Saffron Roch discovers that she’s pregnant (read: knocked-up, newly jobless, and single at thirty-eight), she decides to leave Sierra Leone and surgeon Oscar DeVries, the baby’s cheating father who, despite his huge ego and surprisingly small member, had captured her heart.
So Saffron turns in her backstage pass to the violent dissolution of third-world countries and returns home to Los Angeles, where she is about to inherit a beach property worth a fortune. There she throws herself into motherhood, joining a politically correct breast-feeding support group at the Pump Station. In full-blown culture shock, missing Africa, Saffron comes face to face with a group of unlikely women friends and a roomful of Scud nipples that, on looks alone, could bring any rogue nation to its knees.
Making It Up As I Go Along is a dazzling debut novel that questions the very meaning of motherhood, home, and family, while offering an unforgettable look at the camaraderie of women who, across borders and generations, teach Saffron a thing or two about what matters most in life.
From the Hardcover edition.
About Maria T. Lennon
An honor graduate of the London School of Economics, Maria T. Lennon now finds herself living under a heap of Disney paraphernalia in a slightly disheveled tree house in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, with her husband, three children, a dog,… More about Maria T. Lennon
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Published by Crown Jun 07, 2005| 336 Pages| ISBN 9780307238177
“In Making It Up As I Go Along a savvy war correspondent faces the ultimate challenge of single motherhood and, fortunately for her readers, brings us along for the ride. And what a ride it is, from the first hilarious account of breast-feeding with her newfound women pals until the heartwarming ending. Don’t miss this one!” —Cassandra King, author of The Same Sweet Girls and The Sunday Wife
“Maria Lennon creates, with pitch-perfect details and an incredibly vivid voice, a real modern-day character who’s smart and gutsy and fallible. This is a must-read for anyone who has ever had to make a tough choice about family, career, or love. You’ll find yourself cheering for Saffron on every page!” —Lisa Tucker, author of The Song Reader and Shout Down the Moon
“New mothers will surely identify with Saffron Roch’s struggle between her love affair with her new baby and her identity loss at leaving behind a worldly career. This is a compulsively readable novel with lots of laugh-out-loud insights into life.” —Paulina Porizkova, former model, current mother, and novelist