The Pile Of Stuff At The Bottom Of The Stairs

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The Pile Of Stuff At The Bottom Of The Stairs

by Christina Hopkinson

Grand Central Publishing | October 30, 2012 | Hardcover |

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What''s the thing you hate most about the one you love?

Mary doesn''t know whether it''s the way he doesn''t quite reach the laundry basket when he throws his dirty clothes at it (but doesn''t ever walk over and pick them up and put them in), or the balled-up tissues he leaves on the bedside table when he has a cold, or the way he never quite empties the dishwasher, leaving the "difficult" items for her to put away. Is it that because she is "only working part-time" that she is responsible forallof the domestic tasks in the house? Or, is it simply that he puts used teabags in the sink?

The mother of two young boys, Mary knows how to getthemto behave the way she wants. Now she''s designing the spousal equivalent of a star chart and every little thing her husband does wrong will go on it. Though Mary knows you''re supposed to reward the good behavior rather than punish the bad, the rules for those in middle age are different than the rules for those not even in middle school...

InTHE PILE OF STUFF AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STAIRS, Hopkinson pens a hilarious and acutely-observed novel about marriage, motherhood, children, and work. Readers everywhere will find Mary''s trials hilariously familiar as they cheer her on in her efforts to balance home, work, children, and a clean bottom stair!

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 1.18 in

Published: October 30, 2012

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0446573183

ISBN - 13: 9780446573184

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The Pile Of Stuff At The Bottom Of The Stairs

by Christina Hopkinson

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 1.18 in

Published: October 30, 2012

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0446573183

ISBN - 13: 9780446573184

About the Book

"What do you hate most about the one you love? Mary Gilmour doesn't know whether it's his not quite reaching the laundry basket when he throws his dirty clothes at it (but doesn't ever walk over to finish the job) or the balled-up tissues he puts on the bedside table when he has a cold. Is it the way he never completely empties the dishwasher, leaving the 'difficult' items for her to put away, or the fact that she is responsible for all of the domestic tasks in the house because she's only working part-time? Mother to two young boys, Mary knows how to get them to behave the way she wants. Now she's designing the spousal equivalent of a star chart, and every little thing her husband does wrong will go on it. Though Mary knows you're supposed to reward the good behavior rather than punish the bad, the rules for those in middle age are different than the rules for those not even in middle school"--Dust cover flap.

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What''s the thing you hate most about the one you love?

Mary doesn''t know whether it''s the way he doesn''t quite reach the laundry basket when he throws his dirty clothes at it (but doesn''t ever walk over and pick them up and put them in), or the balled-up tissues he leaves on the bedside table when he has a cold, or the way he never quite empties the dishwasher, leaving the "difficult" items for her to put away. Is it that because she is "only working part-time" that she is responsible forallof the domestic tasks in the house? Or, is it simply that he puts used teabags in the sink?

The mother of two young boys, Mary knows how to getthemto behave the way she wants. Now she''s designing the spousal equivalent of a star chart and every little thing her husband does wrong will go on it. Though Mary knows you''re supposed to reward the good behavior rather than punish the bad, the rules for those in middle age are different than the rules for those not even in middle school...

InTHE PILE OF STUFF AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STAIRS, Hopkinson pens a hilarious and acutely-observed novel about marriage, motherhood, children, and work. Readers everywhere will find Mary''s trials hilariously familiar as they cheer her on in her efforts to balance home, work, children, and a clean bottom stair!

About the Author

Christina Hopkinson lives in London.
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