Wishful Thinking Published by She Writes Press on 2015
Source: Owned Paperback
Genres: Fiction, Women, Family Life, General
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Jennifer Sharpe is a divorced mother of two with a problem just about any working parent can relate to: her boss expects her to work as though she doesn’t have children, and her children want her to care for them as though she doesn’t have a boss. But when, through a fateful coincidence, a brilliant physicist comes into possession of Jennifer’s phone and decides to play fairy godmother, installing a miraculous time-travel app called Wishful Thinking, Jennifer suddenly finds herself in possession of what seems like the answer to the impossible dream of having it all: an app that lets her be in more than one place at the same time.
With the app, Jennifer goes quickly from zero to hero in every part of her life: she is super-worker, the last to leave her office every night; she is super-mom, the first to arrive at pickup every afternoon; and she even becomes super-girlfriend, dating a musician who thinks she has unlimited childcare and a flexible job. But Jennifer soon finds herself facing questions that adding more hours to her day can’t answer. Why does she feel busier and more harried than ever? Is she aging faster than everyone around her? How can she be a good worker, mother, and partner when she can’t be honest with anybody in her life? And most important, when choosing to be with your children, at work, or with your partner doesn’t involve sacrifice, do those choices lose their meaning?
Wishful Thinking is a modern-day fairy tale in which one woman learns to overcome the challenges―and appreciate the joys―of living life in real time.
Have you ever wanted to attend your children’s play in the middle of the day? Have you needed to be at work attending a big conference at the same time? Not possible, you say with the wishful thinking app it may just be. Jennifer is a single mom of two boys who have lots of interests and want mom to be there for all of it. Jennifer is also a hardworking mom who wants to achieve great things at her job and has a boss who expects her to put her all into the position. One night Jennifer loses her phone, and a mysterious new neighbor installs a beautiful app called the Wishful thinking app, which allows Jennifer to become, in a sense, a superwoman. Like all good things, it sounds good in theory, but the reality is not a dream come true. This novel is hilarious, heartwarming, and raises the biggest question of all we prioritizing during our limited time on Earth?