Second Best : A Novel
Author(s): Jessica Dettmann
A hilarious and heartwarming debut that captures the dramas, delights and delirium of modern parenting
Going from one child to two is never all that easy for a family, but when Emma’s husband simultaneously fathers a third child three doors up the street, things get very tricky very fast.
No longer is it enough for Emma to be the best wife and mother. Now she needs to be the best ex-wife and the best part-time parent to her ex’s love child—and that’s before she even thinks about adding a new bloke to the mix.
Set in an upwardly mobile, ultra-competitive suburb, this is a funny, biting, heartwarming modern comedy that looks at the roles we play, how we compete and what happens when we dare to strive for second-best.
“A crisp, sure-footed comedy about parents and stepparents, loyalty and betrayal, perfection and acceptance, and starting all over again.”
“Sharp and crisp and funny. I was dazzled.”
“Jessica Dettmann is a fine comic writer. She has an eye for the small details, irritations and inspirations of life which coupled with a truly original turn of phrase and great way with a gag makes for sparkling and heart-warming reading.”
“A refreshing and honest depiction of the delirium of modern family life ... while it is undeniably laugh-out-loud funny, it is also incredibly heartwarming and real.”
“Jessica Dettmann is a very funny writer, and she won me over with her tender take on the chaos that is modern parenting.”
“Heartwarming yet biting.”
“Full of funny moments, this debut takes a wry look at parenthood, divorce and the messy reality of blended families.”