I love funny works of fiction. The Ivy Chronicles is a humorous, easy read that follows a high-powered New York career woman who becomes a consultant to the wealthy who are tyring to get their little ones into private nursery schools. The author, Karen Quinn, bases the book on her real-life experience as a nursery school admittance consultant.
Ivy, the main character, kicks out her dead-beat philandering husband and looses her three-figure salary all in one day. She and her two young children must cope with a lower lifestyle as she tries to get her new business going. I read this book in one sitting, until about 2 a.m., and laughed the whole way through. You bounce between feeling sorry for Ivy as she deals with difficult clients to getting exasperated with her as she tries to get her personal love life back on track. And while it is fiction, there's no doubt the author knows what she's talking about when it comes to private school admission in the big city. I'm glad my children didn't go through that.
Karen Quinn writes the way I would like to write -- funny, witty and fast acting. I could really identify with her as a Mom having to make some hard decisions and as the sole owner of a small start-up business.
Read The Ivy Chronicles for a good time and a feeling of relief you're not part of it.