In A Window Opens, Elisabeth Egan brings us Alice Pearse, a compulsively honest, longing-to-have-it-all, sandwich generation heroine for our social-media-obsessed, lean in (or opt out) age. A mostly-happily married mother of three, an attentive daughter, an ambivalent dog-owner, a part-time editor, a loyal neighbor, and a Zen commuter, Alice is not a cook, decorator, natural caretaker, or the breadwinner. But when her husband makes a radical career change, Alice is ready to lean in, and the Holy Grail of working mothers — an intellectually satisfying job and happy personal life — seems suddenly within reach… until her dad gets sick, her marriage flounders, her babysitter gets fed up, her kids start to grow up, and work takes an unexpected turn. Fans of I Don’t Know How She Does It and Where’d You Go Bernadette will cheer as Alice realizes the question is not whether it’s possible to have it all, but what does she — Alice Pearse — really want?
Sue says: “A Window Opens is a must-read for any working mom struggling for that elusive work/home balance.”