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Little Disasters

Vaughan, Sarah

  31 Reviews

Ed and Jess have three children. Ed is a great dad ... when he's at home, that is. The rest of the time it is up to Jess to manage everything, and she is finding Betsey, the baby, hard work. It all comes to a head when Betsey ends up in the Emergency Department with an injury that is not easily explained. The doctor on call is none other than Liz, one of Jess's good friends. This forces Liz to re-evaluate their relationship, Jess's 'perfect' family, and even her own choices.

This authentic portrayal of motherhood is delivered through its well-developed characters and its empathetic examination of parenting and postnatal depression.

Pages
415
Year
2020

Reviews

PALMN 006
22-01-2024
A compelling read. Most enjoyed it but some found it very disturbing. Well-written and a great twist at the end.
WELL 206
18-01-2024
Some of our group found it a hard read. Made for a good discussion around post natal depression, and the lack of recognition and support for a lot of women. Also talked around the need some women feel to be perceived as "perfect".
CHCH 294
28-11-2023
Mixed reaction - too many needy women. A great discussion was the result, however.
RICH 012
24-11-2023
Most thought it portrayed post natal depression well but thought the twist at the end not so believable.
NAP 016
13-11-2023
This book created much discussion. It was both depressing and controversial. Older members had difficulty relating to Jess's situation as when they had babies there was a great deal of support from health professionals and family.
DANNE 002
27-09-2023
We all enjoyed this book although the subject was a little harrowing. We found it an interesting expression of hidden post natal depression and mental unwellness, and also of the expectation that since you are female and a mother, you are equipped to cope.
WELL 183
16-08-2023
We enjoyed the book and could all relate to the post natal stress! Kept us guessing all along as to what 'really' happened.
AUCK 181
23-06-2023
Quite traumatic for some of us. Good read.
THAM 008
08-06-2023
Most of us really liked this one. Felt the ending was a twist but a little weak. Some found it very confronting.
DUNED 001
18-05-2023
Great for discussion. Relevant to today's society.
TEPUK 006
17-05-2023
Not a great book but readable. We felt the story and characterisation were muddled. The ending, while tidy and unsatisfactory, was unbelievable.
NELS 054
17-05-2023
An easy read that left most of the group a little disappointed due to the predictable near ending followed by a non-believable final ending.
AMBER 001
10-05-2023
We found this novel "riveting" - it covered a number of emotional problems.
NELS 072
20-04-2023
Gripping and thought provoking read. Shows what could happen when someone can see something isn't quite right, but the full story isn't shared initially.
AUCK 015
30-03-2023
A confronting book, but well worth reading. A realistic thriller covering most of the problematical aspects of modern childrearing in our middle class European society.
GORE 005
28-03-2023
Enjoyed this.
BLENH 003
12-01-2023
Not our most favourite book! No one really enjoyed the story and it went on too long, but was well-written. Not a popular topic!
TAUR 049
09-01-2023
Mixed response to this book, but it still created plenty of discussion on several of today's real social issues. e.g. post natal depression, child abuse and social services' handling of this, expectations we place on ourselves and those that others place on us, etc etc.
AUCK 050
28-11-2022
An interesting book that provoked a lot of discussion about looking after one another, mental distress and inter-generational abuse.
AUCK 063
08-11-2022
Wide range of opinions for 'Little Disasters'. Some found it gripping and compelling, others not at all. The very quick and 'tidy' ending jarred. The author did cover many aspects of motherhood and parenting relationships, so good for discussion.
HUNTLY 001
13-10-2022
Our book group is full of mothers, and so we could all relate to this book. We enjoyed it and had a very animated discussion.
NELS 015
05-10-2022
Mixed reviews. Some really enjoyed it and felt it was a realistic representation of motherhood with young children. Others thought it too long and repetitive, no depth to characters and a contrived and unrealistic ending.
AUCK 234
30-09-2022
Our group thought it an unusual and sad book with undercurrents running through it - eg. post natal depression. Overall they thought the book was rather drawn out.
TAUR 009
08-09-2022
This book provoked much discussion. All agreed it was very interesting look at a very common problem, and still a very misunderstood one. The twist at the end ( in fact two twists) made the book a real page turner.
TAUP 006
08-09-2022
Provoked some fairly intense reaction from our group about parenting, child abuse, post-natal depression, men's changing roles in society. Several members commented on how relevant and probing the questions are.
TAIH 004
01-09-2022
Most of us enjoyed this book. Thanks.
WHAKA 017
22-08-2022
This book brought out lots of discussion on our own babies and parenthood! We could all relate to the themes in the story and enjoyed the characters and complexity.
AUCK 272
15-07-2022
Book was a bit long, with a strange after plot at the end. Gripping read however, I read it quickly. Interesting about maternal OCD.
MAST 007
18-05-2022
Will read this author again.
WHANG 018
13-12-2021
50% enjoyed and 50% not. Those who had crying babies could relate well to the emotion.
CHCH 344
14-10-2021
Very relatable, and understandable. Could really identify with the situation.