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Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes
By (author): Kathleen West
9780593098417 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Family Life / General Dec 01, 2020
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.48 x 8.18 x 0.98 in | 0.78 lb 400 pages Berkley
Now in paperback: Only the strong endure at Liston Heights High when students get swept up in the dramas and scandals erupting on campus around the school play….

When a devoted teacher comes under pressure for her progressive curriculum and a helicopter mom goes viral on social media, two women at odds with each other find themselves in similar predicaments, having to battle their way back from certain social ruin.

Isobel Johnson has spent her career at Liston Heights sidestepping the community’s high-powered families. But when she receives a threatening voice mail accusing her of anti-Americanism and a liberal agenda, she’s in the spotlight. Meanwhile, Julia Abbott, obsessed with the casting of the school’s winter musical, makes an error in judgment that has far-reaching consequences for her entire family.

Brought together by the sting of public humiliation—and in response to a secret Facebook page created as an outlet for parent grievances—Isobel and Julia learn firsthand how entitlement and competition can go too far in an unforgettable debut novel that addresses parents behaving badly and teenagers speaking up—even against their own families.

Story Locale: Minneapolis, MN

AN UNFORGETTABLE VOICE PERFECT FOR LIANE MORIARTY FANS: This timely story about politics in and out of the classroom and the dangers of suburban “mompetition” is sure to appeal to book-clubbers

DISTINCT SETTING FROM A VETERAN TEACHER: Kathleen’s clever and extremely readable novel was partly inspired by the most difficult parents she’s faced over the years as a classroom teacher in Minneapolis

HUMOROUS HELICOPTER PARENTING DRAMAS: Explores the relatable missteps of parenting in a rich narrative that offers a multigenerational cast of characters, from school faculty to parents to students

TIMELY SUBJECT: Kathleen deftly offers witty insights on education and parenthood

SUCCESSFUL COMPS: Laurie Gelman’s Class Mom (St. Martin’s, 8/17) has sold 15,000 hardcover copies while Amy Poeppel’s Small Admissions has sold 11,000 (HC+TP combined), plus strong ebook sales. Those titles are set in elementary schools, but Kathleen examines a divided high school community, where the stakes are even higher

MORE TO COME: We own a second book for 2021

Kathleen West is a veteran middle and high school teacher. She graduated with a degree in English from Macalester College and holds a master’s degree in literacy education from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Minneapolis with her hilarious husband, two sporty sons, and a very bad goldendoodle.

Author Residence: Minneapolis, MN

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“A smart and delightful story of entitlement, friendship, and overparenting, with page-turning twists galore. West writes across lines of class and generation with grace and ease. A big-hearted debut.“—Bruce Holsinger, author of The Gifted School

“As intriguing as it is timely. West provides a funny and shocking glimpse into American parenting through the lens of an out-of-control stage mother who has lost all sense of boundaries.”—Amy Poeppel, author of Limelight

”Helicopter parenting and high school politics at their worst—and funniest. A smart, fast-paced, and deliciously entertaining debut!“—Meg Donohue, USA Today bestselling author of You, Me, and The Sea

”A cutting and witty examination of modern parenting that excels in suburban relatability, West’s debut novel will pique the curiosity of fans of Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette.“—Booklist

”West offers a sharp, unflinching look at her characters: teachers and administrators trying to do—and keep—their jobs; busy, high-powered parents who buy the best they can for their families; helicopter mothers who see themselves as the omniscient beings who control their children’s lives; and the high school students themselves, who sometimes have to learn about kindness and mentoring, bullying and inappropriate behavior by judging their parents’ and teachers’ actions rather than those of their peers. An excellent, nuanced exploration of the world of high school and the students and adults who live within it."—Kirkus (starred review)

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