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Kaui Hart Hemmings

Kaui Hart Hemmings was born and raised in Hawai‘i. She has degrees from Colorado College and Sarah Lawrence and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her first novel, THE DESCENDANTS, has been published in 20 other countries and was made into an Oscar Award-winning film directed by Alexander Payne and starring George Clooney. She lives in Hawai‘i.

How to Party With an Infant

When Mele Bart told her boyfriend Bobby she was pregnant with his child, he stunned her with an announcement of his own: he was engaged to someone else. Fast forward two years, Mele’s daughter is a toddler, and Bobby and his fiancée want Ellie to be the flower girl at their wedding. Mele, who also has agreed to attend the nuptials, knows she can’t continue obsessing about Bobby and his cheese making, Napa-residing, fiancée. She needs something to do. So she answers a questionnaire provided by the San Francisco Mommy Club in elaborate and shocking detail and decides to enter their cookbook writing contest. Even though she joined the group out of desperation, Mele has found her people: Annie, Barrett, Georgia, and Henry (a stay-at-home dad). As the wedding date approaches, Mele uses her friends’ stories to inspire recipes and find comfort, both.


“Side-splittingly snark …the novel's characters and settings are rich and resonant…[a] smart, funny send-up of modern motherhood, San Francisco-style.” 
—San Francisco Chronicle
“The wit is often diabolical — which is to say, delicious — in Kaui Hart Hemmings’ new novel… [a] sly takedown of 21st-century parenting…Underneath this wicked wit, though, is a warm heart.” 
—Seattle Times
“This is satire with soul. Hemmings skewers the cottage industries that helicopter motherhood has fostered, while plaintively celebrating the basic joys and frustrations all parents experience. Whip smart, sharp witted, and downright brave, Hemmings’ novel of modern parenting is sleek, sly, and sublime.” 



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