Annie Fleming's family has adjusted well to her hard driving career. How could they not? Annie keeps her husband, daughter and babysitter in line with typed, edited and proofed To-Do and Not-To-Do lists. (No TV on school nights, please!). But when an obnoxious co-worker conspires to force Annie out of her job, she finds herself not only out of work, but face-to-face with a family that isn't quite as well adjusted as she'd thought. For one thing, husband Tim has been travelling more than usual, and he's not always where he says he'll be. Worse, daughter Charlotte is showing little interest in joining the Lightning Bolts - a legendary, elite, work-till-you-drop soccer team run by Winslow West, a man who dreams of the Olympic gold his young charges will someday win for him. How could Annie, undefeated even when unemployed, have a daughter with a quitting attitude? Now, Annie is determined to do whatever it takes to get Charlotte on the A team, but the soccer sidelines turn out to be more cutthroat than the corporate boardroom ever was. Is it possible Annie's 'Plan Hard/Work Hard' credo isn't the key to success after all?
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(202mm x 132mm x 21mm)
Grand Central Publishing
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A businesswoman attempts to transform herself into a soccer mom.Annie Fleming is a superstar when it comes to organization and motivation. Failure is foreign to this can-do executive. But when upper management taps her to take a three-year assignment that involves a grueling commute, Annie puts her foot down. Accustomed to receiving support and accolades from her bosses, she never suspects that she is disposable - until she gets fired. Suddenly, Annie, who'd been absent from home a lot due to work, finds herself in the house with her perspicacious 12-year-old daughter, Charlotte, and she throws herself into remaking her own image. She'll be the best work-from-home consultant and Alpha Mom in all of suburbia. All she needs to do is get her trusty babysitter, Hildy, and elusive husband, Tim, on board and she can start implementing her "Plans for the Day." When Hildy quits and Tim starts embarking on mysterious business trips, Annie is left alone to rebuild her relationship with her daughter and master the art of motherhood. Getting Charlotte onto a competitive travel soccer team seems like a good place to start, so Annie throws herself into the crazy world of suburban sports. From megalomaniacal coaches to backstabbing parents, Annie is blindsided by the time commitment and emotional energy required. But quitting would mean setting a bad example for her daughter. The resourceful Annie remains determined: She studies the soccer culture and masters its politics, all while getting her consulting business up and running. Any parent who's had to juggle a career and kids will relish Star's believable characters and spot-on assessment of the minivan set. Star scores big. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Nancy Star
Nancy Star is a former movie exec turned novelist. She has spent at least a year of Sundays standing on the sidelines at her daughters' soccer games, but never once, in all that time, did she ever yell, 'Attack', 'Get her', or 'Kill them'.