Wildcat

Amelia Morris

Book - 2022

"Amelia Morris's Wildcat is an uproariously funny, surprisingly touching story of one woman's journey through motherhood and female friendship, in a society that plays fast and loose with information. New mother, aspiring writer, and former shopgirl Leanne has lost her way. As she struggles with both her grief and the haze of motherhood, it also becomes clear that her best friend, the default queen of East Side Los Angeles, Regina Mark, might not actually be a friend at all. As Le...anne begins to investigate and undermine Regina, she also strikes up an unexpected friendship with the lauded writer Maxine Hunter. Feeling frustrated and invisible next to Regina's wealth and social standing, Leanne seeks security wherever she can find it, whether that's by researching whether she should vaccinate her son, in listening to the messages she thinks her father is sending from beyond the grave, or in holding her own against a petulant student in her creative writing class. Most of all, however, she looks for it within Maxine, who offers Leanne something new. With a keen eye for the trappings of privilege, class, and the performative nature of contemporary domestic life, Morris's tender and wicked debut shows us a woman who bucks against the narrative she's been fed, only to find power in herself and the truth that emerges"--

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Subjects
Genres
Domestic fiction
Humorous fiction
Novels
Published
New York : Flatiron Books 2022.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
288 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN
9781250809216
1250809215
Main Author
Amelia Morris (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Leanne Hazelton is just a regular new mom shuffling her way through late-night feeds and diaper changes. Except the ghost of her father, whose funeral was the day before Leanne's son Hank was born, talks to her. And Leanne is slowly learning that her good friend, Regina, is not a real friend at all. At a party, Leanne steals Regina's password so she can spy on the collapse of their friendship as it's happening. At the same time, Leanne strikes up a friendship with Maxine Hunter, a writer she admires. A writer herself, with a memoir about to come out, Leanne struggles to find her place in postpartum life as she's cut adrift from the things she knew before Hank came along. In this sly and funny commentary on the institution of motherhood, Morris, the onetime host of the Mom Rage podcast, delivers a compulsively readable product. With short chapters and buttery-smooth prose, it's also an exploration of the ebbs and flows of female friendship and how people can betray each other in microscopic ways. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Once a shopgirl, now a new mother and aspiring writer, Leanne is becoming increasingly uncertain of her path in life—and suspicious of her putative best friend, the wealthy and socially prominent Regina. As she sorts through issues of friendship, class, and whether her father is really speaking to her from the grave, Leanne benefits from a blooming new friendship with the distinguished author Maxine Hunter. A debut from popular blogger/podcaster Morris; with a 75,000-copy first printing. Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

A writer and new mother flails through life in Morris's sparkling debut novel (after the memoir Bon Appetempt). After Leanne Hazelton realizes she detests her best friend, East Los Angeles influencer and anti-vaxxer Regina Mark, Leanne surreptitiously gets Regina's Instagram password and launches a slow campaign to discredit her. While nursing the grudge, Leanne prepares for the launch of her cookbook memoir; grapples with the recent death of her father (she keeps hearing his voice); and struggles to manage a student in the writing class she teaches out of her house, an older man who doesn't recognize page limits or personal boundaries. A local measles outbreak and the potential exposure of it to Leanne's son ramps up Leanne's annoyance at Regina, though her attempts to sabotage Regina's reputation gain little traction until she teams up with new friend and literary phenomenon Maxine Hunter for a large-scale prank. Seeing the feud from only Leanne's side perfectly captures the false intimacy of social media and how confusing its connections can be, an ambience intensified by Morris's arresting, concise observations, such as the description of Leanne communicating with her half-sister "mostly with variations on the heart emoji." These zany episodes yield great drama. (Feb.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When she discovers that her best friend Regina may not be a friend at all, new mother, aspiring writer and former shop girl, Leanne, while trying to undermine Regina, forms an unexpected friendship with a lauded writer who offers her something new. 75,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Amelia Morris's Wildcat is an uproariously funny, surprisingly touching story of one woman's journey through motherhood and female friendship, in a society that plays fast and loose with information. New mother, aspiring writer, and former shopgirl Leanne has lost her way. As she struggles with both her grief and the haze of motherhood, it also becomes clear that her best friend, the default queen of East Side Los Angeles, Regina Mark, might not actually be a friend at all. As Leanne begins to investigate and undermine Regina, she also strikes up an unexpected friendship with the lauded writer Maxine Hunter. Feeling frustrated and invisible next to Regina's wealth and social standing, Leanne seeks security wherever she can find it, whether that's by researching whether she should vaccinate her son, in listening to the messages she thinks her father is sending from beyond the grave, or in holding her own against a petulant student in her creative writing class. Most of all, however, she looks for it within Maxine, who offers Leanne something new. With a keen eye for the trappings of privilege, class, and the performative nature of contemporary domestic life, Morris's tender and wicked debut shows us a woman who bucks against the narrative she's been fed,only to find power in herself and the truth that emerges"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Wildcat is an uproariously funny, surprisingly touching story of one woman’s journey through motherhood and female friendship, in a society that plays fast and loose with information.

New mother, aspiring writer, and former shopgirl Leanne has lost her way. As she struggles with both her grief and the haze of motherhood, it also becomes clear that her best friend, the default queen of East Side Los Angeles, Regina Mark, might not actually be a friend at all.

As Leanne begins to investigate and undermine Regina, she also strikes up an unexpected friendship with the lauded writer Maxine Hunter. Feeling frustrated and invisible next to Regina’s wealth and social standing, Leanne seeks security wherever she can find it, whether that’s by researching whether she should vaccinate her son, in listening to the messages she thinks her father is sending from beyond the grave, or in holding her own against a petulant student in her creative writing class. Most of all, however, she looks for it within Maxine, who offers Leanne something new.

With a keen eye for the trappings of privilege, class, and the performative nature of contemporary domestic life, Amelia Morris’s tender and wicked debut shows us a woman who bucks against the narrative she’s been fed, only to find power in herself and the truth that emerges.