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Review: Driving Lessons by Zoe Fishman

Driving Lessons
Zoe Fishman
William Marrow April 8, 2014
Pages 336
ISBN13: 9780062059826
A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review
Recommendation: 3/5
Reviewer: Melinda

From Goodreads:
When Sarah and her husband trade in a crowded commute, cramped apartment, and high stress New York City jobs for life the slow lane in Farmwood, VA, the pressure is on to have a baby. At thirty-six Sarah knows it’s time to get started, but the urgency motivating her to reach this pinnacle of self-fulfillment looms large. Meanwhile, her best friend Mona, a single and successful editor who’s always wanted children, is diagnosed with cervical cancer. At the same time, Sarah’s younger and seemingly perfect sister-in-law has just given birth to her son, Franklin. When Sarah uproots her new life with her husband in Virginia to return to New York and care for Mona, the three women will help each other navigate their new realities.

My Thoughts

“Embracing vulnerability, is strength, I think. Not feeling like you have to apologize for it is strength.” 

A story of admitting and facing your fears, uncertainty, acceptance amidst upheaval on the notion of motherhood. 

Three everyday women face their new lives head on. Their concerns and fears, surprises and disappointments, insecurities and successes are pragmatically presented. 

Kate, a new mother deals with the unexpected reality a newborn brings, admittedly it’s the most difficult job she has ever undertaken. Adjusting as she maneuvers her way through the changes she faces as woman, wife and mother. Sarah unsure and fearful of motherhood, seeking the answer to the question of balance – career and motherhood. Questioning her commitment and ability a child demands, figuring out her true desire to begin a family. Mona a vibrant young woman single grappling with cervical cancer, her hopes for impending motherhood ripped from her grasp. She deals with her forced situation with grace and candor. 

All three women possess questions a majority of women ask at one time or another, doubts we have, shared concerns, fears faced. Driving Lessons highlights women’s strength and versatility through any circumstance in a positive glowing light. 

I personally saw apart of myself as well as traces of friends in this story, a plausible reality check of the demands and sacrifices motherhood requires. No question women will relate to bits and pieces of Driving Lessons if not its entirety.

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