FICTION

Happy and You Know It

Berkley. May 2020. 384p. ISBN 9781984806239. $26. F
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When Claire is replaced as the lead singer in her band Vagabond, right before they rise to the top of the charts, she wallows in the misery of her life choices. However, it’s not too long before her cousin Thea calls and tells her about a gig as a musician for a high-end New York City playgroup of infants. With nothing else to do, Claire accepts the job, attending her first playgroup in awe of the wealth and perfection that oozes from the mommies of Park Avenue. Claire unexpectedly becomes friends with the moms, coincidentally unearthing more than she ever expected about what goes on behind the scenes of what she thought was just an infant playgroup. Hankin (The Summertime Girls) throws many a twist into her novel about the good, the bad, and the downright ugly sides of motherhood. Readers will enjoy seeing what tricks these moms use to keep up appearances and more.
VERDICT With deeply drawn and relatable characters, this is an excellent read for those wanting to escape into a world of how the other half lives.

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