(PRWEB) June 16, 2005
ÂThere is no ideal place for a woman after she's had a child,Â believes Laura W. Somers, author of the novel "DidnÂt See It Coming." ÂPlaying a strong role in your childÂs development can bring great joy. However, if you stay home full time, thereÂs often guilt associated with not contributing financially to the household, along with regrets over missed career opportunities. There are feelings of being cut off from the world in an existence that offers little structure, free-time, or opportunity for personal accomplishment.
ÂThe other side of the coin,Â says Somers, Âis that while women who work full time may enjoy personal gratification, theyÂre often stuck on the outside looking in when it comes to their children. They regret not being able to take part in their lives to a greater extent.Â
Somers illustrates the desperation women feel with her main character, who is stuck in a vortex of suffocating domesticity. "DidnÂt See It Coming" combines humor and tragedy as it takes readers on a series of amusing misadventures through the eyes of unusual characters who display an entertaining array of bizarre coping skills.
In addition to the angst of motherhood, the novel depicts the struggle many women face with personal relationships and male dominance in the workplace. Somers likes to think of the book as a protest against the millions of novels that obligingly give female characters Âample breastsÂ and Âlegs that go on forever.Â
Both critical and comical, the book presents the story of Hillary Strife, a woman whose quirky methods of fighting boredom and failure lead her down an engrossing path of discovery and destruction. Faced with toxic relationships, sexual harassment, and the eventual unraveling of her life as a mother, Hillary allows others to slap her soul silly. She seeks perverse gratification in an effort to strike a balance between tolerance and all-out revolt.
With an assortment of strong female and male characters, Somers predicts that "DidnÂt See It Coming" will be a book both men and women will enjoy: ÂIt carries messages worthy of a time capsule about our era.Â