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  • Published: 3 August 2012
  • ISBN: 9781869799366
  • Imprint: RHNZ Black Swan
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 376
  • RRP: $38.00

The Not So Perfect Life of Mo Lawrence




The entertaining companion novel to the best-selling The Sweet Second Life of Darrell Kincaid.

A laugh-out-loud novel about marriage, kids and losing control.

Michelle Lawrence’s perfect life has been just as she’s designed it. But then her husband, Chad, ruins everything by taking a job in San Francisco, about as far from their comfortable family home as it’s possible to get without actually emigrating. Up until now, Chad’s primary focus has been keeping her happy, and Michelle can see no good reason why this should change.

But change it has, and Michelle now has to deal with Chad’s increasing detachment, while building a new life with her two small children in a place filled with cat-eating coyotes. On top of that, Michelle’s oldest friend is turning against marriage while her newest is a little too obsessed with clean taps. And down the redwood-lined street, there’s Aishe Herne, a woman who could pick a fight with a silent order of nuns. Aishe has designed her own kind of perfect life, in which there’s room for her, her teenage son and no one else. But when cousin Patrick lands in town like a Cockney nemesis, both Aishe and Michelle must begin determined campaigns to regain their grip on the steering wheel of their lives.

  • Pub date: 3 August 2012
  • ISBN: 9781869799366
  • Imprint: RHNZ Black Swan
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 376
  • RRP: $38.00

About the Author

Catherine Robertson

CATHERINE ROBERTSON’S novels have all been number one New Zealand bestsellers. Her fourth novel, The Hiding Places, also
won the 2015 Nelson Libraries’ Award for New Zealand Fiction. Catherine reviews books for the New Zealand Listener and is a regular guest on Radio New Zealand’s The Panel and Jesse Mulligan’s Book Critic slot. She is married with two grown sons, two Burmese cats, two rescue dogs and a powerful vacuum cleaner. She divides her time between Wellington and Hawke’s Bay.

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Praise for The Not So Perfect Life of Mo Lawrence

“In factThe Not So Perfect Life of Mo Lawrence is as quirky, funny and unafraid to puncture pretension as Michelle herself. How can you help but enjoy a story in which a person can be cut from a cloth that is "the kind of synthetic, flocked upholstery fabric that felt like hell against your skin but which would wear until the crack of doom. And which matched the curtains"?”

Dr McKinney, Otago Daily Times

“It would be a disservice to refer to Robertson’s work as “chick lit” unless that means wickedly funny, clever and well-written. Although the book is a very entertaining read, it is by no means light and fluffy . . . The Not So Perfect Life of Mo Lawrence deserves to enjoy the same success as Robertson’s first book. With any luck, a third book is already underway.”

Tiffany Matsis, Booksellers NZ blog site

“A good story, with great characters - fun from the first page to the last.”

Katie Marriner, NZ Doctor


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