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?"