'Mommy Lit' Taps Motherlode of Frustration

Reviewer rips popular portraits of female mediocrity
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Aug 2, 2007 6:00 AM CDT
The book centers on Lucy Sweeney, a news producer turned stay-at-home mom in a wealthy London suburb.   (Index Open)
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(Newser) – Slate reviewer Katie Roiphe dresses down the entire emerging "Mommy Lit" genre in her caustic feminist review of the Brit bestseller "Slummy Mummy." Roiphe says she doesn't have a problem with light summer page-turners, but she takes issue with the novel's celebration of frumpy female mediocrity. 

Fiona Neill's novel, based on her columns for the London Times, is ho-hum women's middlebrow fiction at its worse, with none of Bridget's Jones' oomf, according to Roiphe. Yes, being a stay-at-home is a tough job, Rolphe admits, but asks "is it really that hard? Aren't there some things on earth that are harder?"