Suze Hall is at a crossroads. Her nemesis at work, Wanda, has been promoted and now will be her boss. Her husband, Bob, is leaving her and the three kids for a six-month sabbatical down under. To top it off, her best friend, Marcia, is missing in action–playing footsie with some new boyfriend!
Adding to this disaster stew, David, the gorgeous hunk who broke her young-girl’s heart has coincidentally popped back into her life and has something she desperately needs to keep her job.
“Damn you, Feminist Movement!” I say as I shake a fist at the sky. Those brave women who pushed for equality at the workplace also screwed with the heads of the subsequent generations of women. What are we supposed to do with ourselves? Are we supposed to push everything aside for a career, hoping that it will validate us or should we stay at home, raise children and be inundated with carpools, laundry, and sticky faces. Can women find a middle ground without something suffering? Can we keep all those balls up in the air?
In Walking With Elephants, Karen Bell shines a humorous light on the contradictions often forced on modern women. Her main character, Suze Hall is working through a career she’s not sure she wants, raising children who are growing up and leaving the nest, and trying to still feel attractive and maintain a marriage. She finds herself in a midlife crises when she runs into an old college flame and he brings with him a barrage of insecurities and doubts about her, who she is and what she wants out of life.
Walking With Elephants is a well written, funny and insightful look into marriage, motherhood and the work world. The main character is smart, quirky and completely relatable and Karen Bell’s writing style keeps you turning pages. It’s a great book to read while cuddled up under a blanket and a glass of wine.
I’m a twenty five year old wife and stay at home mother of one in Central California. I grew up loving the written word and creative writing and finally decided to work on my dream of becoming a published author. My short story, April Moon is scheduled to be released in an anthology called Wooden Stakes & Silver Bullets February 3rd of this year and my full length paranormal romance, Hunter Moon should be out at the beginning of March. I’d love to hear from you! Follow me on twitter, on Facebook or on my blog, www.caitlavender.com.