Mad Cows

Kathy Lette, Author
Kathy Lette, Author Dove Books $17.95 (294p) ISBN 978-0-7871-1293-6
Reviewed on: 12/30/1996
Release date: 01/01/1997
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-7871-1199-1
Paperback - 304 pages - 978-0-330-33402-0
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-1-74093-556-2
Compact Disc - 978-1-74093-572-2
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The irreverent author of Foetal Attraction returns with a raucous comic ode to the joys of motherhood, composed of equal parts male-bashing and bons mots. Framed by a thief in a London department store, Aussie Madeline Wolfe, a constipated, breast milk-sodden ""mad cow"" (single mother), is arrested with her one-month-old son, Jack, and sent to prison as an example of the British welfare state gone wrong. Guilty of nothing more than loving a womanizing louse, Maddy becomes embroiled in a series of misadventures that snowball from one outrageous incident to the next, from smuggling Jack out of jail in a handbag to a daring escape before a live TV audience, and stealing her son back from the clutches of an unscrupulous social worker. The victim of bad circumstances made worse by her own bad judgment, Maddy is a likable, if incessantly smart-mouthed woman with a fierce love for her offspring. She is also the only character who comes close to having ""a full load of nappies"" in a cast that includes Jack's father (a shallow, amoral TV star), Maddy's best friend (an oversexed upper-crust gold-digger with her own ""Absolutely Fabulous"" approach to motherhood) and a smattering of other half-baked (and half-witted) villains and heroes. Though the shock value of Lette's wisecracking wit is considerable (Maddy is ""as culturally refined as a turd in a cocktail""), Lette's overindulgence in fresh talk becomes tiresome. But she gives new meaning to the phrase ""mad cow disease"" with this off-the-wall slice of maternal life that won't be found in any parenting book. $25,000 ad/promo; simultaneous Dove audio. (Jan.)
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