Author Laurie Gelman celebrated the launch of her book, Class Mom: A Novel, on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the East Hampton Library with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in East Hampton, NY. The East Hampton Library’s Authors Night is one of the most anticipated events of the summer. Gelman was one of the seven exciting writers spotlighted this year with her novel Class Mom—a wickedly funny take on parenting that is delighting critics and readers alike.
Class Mom: A Novel is a clever take on a year in the life of kindergarten class mom, Jen Dixon. Jen is not your typical Kansas City, Missouri, kindergarten class mom―or a mom in general. Jen already has two college-age daughters by two different men (probably musicians), and it is her second time around the class mom block with five-year-old Max―this time with a husband and father by her side. Though her best friend and PTA President sees her as the “wisest” candidate for the job (or oldest), not all of the other parents agree.
From recording parents’ response times to her emails about helping in the classroom, to requesting contributions of “special” brownies for curriculum night, not all of Jen’s methods win approval from the other parents. Throw in an old flame from Jen’s past, a hyper-sensitive “allergy mom,” a surprisingly sexy kindergarten teacher, and an impossible-to-please Real Housewife-wannabe, causing problems at every turn, and the job really becomes much more than she signed up for. Relatable, Irreverent, and hilarious in the spirit of Maria Semple, Class Mom is a fresh, welcome voice in fiction—the kind of novel that real moms clamor for, and a vicarious thrill-read for all parents, who will be laughing as they are liberated by Gelman’s acerbic truths.
Notable attendees at this year’s Authors Night included: Laurie Gelman, Ann Coulter, Alec Baldwin, Dick Cavett, Robyn Lea, Paul Moschetta, Elizabeth Rosenthal, Jean Kennedy Smith, Stephen Kennedy Smith, Nick Voulgaris, Lisa Arin, Hilaria Baldwin, James Barron, Nicole Bigar, Robert Gordon, Robert A. Caro, Blanche Wiesen Cook, Victor Corona, Sherri Crichton, Janine di Giovanni, Peter Eisner, Elliott Erwitt, Annie Falk, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marissa Hermer, Peter Marino, Kati Marton, Alyssa Mastromonaco, Darcy Miller, Malcom Nance, David Netto, Megan O’Block, Martha Rogers, Ph.D.; Jennifer Ash Rudick, Gerard Schwartz, Jessica Siskin, Rick Smolan, Marion Swaybill, Elizabeth Vargas, Marshall Watson, Chris Whipple.
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ABOUT LAURIE GELMAN
Laurie Gelman was born and raised in the Great White North. She spent twenty-five years as a broadcaster in Canada and the United States before trying her hand at writing novels. Laurie lives in New York City with her husband, Michael Gelman, and two teenage daughters. Class Mom is her first book.
CLASS MOM: A Novel by Laurie Gelman
$26 hardcover; 304 pages
Published by Henry Holt and Co. Distributed through Macmillan. Available wherever books are sold.