By Brandy Ferner
Adult Conversation: A Novel
April is a thoughtful but sarcastic mother of two who tries her best to be a caring, connected mom in a middle-class culture where motherhood has become relentless. April rages at modern motherhood’s impossible pressures, her husband’s “Dad privilege,” and her kids’ incessant snack requests. She wants to enjoy motherhood, but her idealist vision and lived experience are in constant conflict with one another. Is she broken―or is motherhood?
Ferner nailed it in this sharp-witted debut about the roller coaster ride that is motherhood. Her observations are not only relatable and authentic, but laugh-out-loud funny. You will not be able to put it down, just like your children.
—Emily Liebert, USA Today bestselling author of Pretty Revenge
This book is invaluable for today’s mothers, not only as comic relief (which Ferner offers us so generously), but as an illumination of the unique injustices modern-day mothers still face every day. A true social artist, Brandy warms the heart, blows the whistle, and helps us feel less alone in the struggle. I laughed, I teared up, and I came away energized to keep fighting the good fight.
— Beth Berry, Revolution From Home
Ferner’s book is at times laugh-out-loud/so-funny-you-have-to-repeat-aloud-to-the-person-nearest-you, and at times viscerally poignant in how accurately she portrays motherhood.
— Dr. Darria Long, bestselling author of Mom Hacks
This is the truest shit ever.
— Jessica, Mother of Three (Hiding in Her Bathroom)
As lively and energetic as Ferner’s fantastic podcast of the same name, Adult Conversation: A Novel might not sell you on stay-at-home motherhood, but it will make you long for more time to stay at home reading.