ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Grace is a professional cookbook writer with a thriving social media presence. She also has two children, a largely-absent husband and the increasingly sinking feeling that something has to give. Her best friend Petra is a victim of domestic violence and a husband who has gambled away their savings and business. Shelley is struggling financially, stuck with a difficult toddler far from her English home. Christine is a gifted economist whose husband has taken a sabbatical from their marriage and left her in the lurch. When these disparate (and desperate) women get together to form a commune, to share the workload of child rearing and costs of living, it all sounds like a wonderful idea... Set in Sydney's Northern Beaches, this is full of colour and humourous critiques of contemporary practices. Lindy
Tori Haschka is a Sydney based author, food writer and mum of two. Her articles have featured in Grazia, The Times, the Guardian, Mammamia and the Sydney Morning Herald and her blog eatori.com was ranked by Saveur as one of the five best food and travel blogs in the world. Grace Under Pressure is her first novel.
'Tori Haschka has done a superb job of capturing the struggles, the fears and the loneliness of motherhood, but also the camaraderie, strength and vital importance of female friendship. It's a modern, clever and heartrending read.' -- Nicola Moriarty 'I was utterly and overwhelmingly hooked to every single brilliant, funny, sharp, gorgeously written page.' -- Ceridwen Dovey 'Tori Haschka's Grace Under Pressure is a page-turning and heart-warming (even mouth-watering!) story underscoring the importance of solidarity among women amidst the daily challenges of modern living. A debut novel that will resonate with parents and foodies alike.' -- Fiona Higgins, author of An Unusual Boy 'Witty, wise and with so much insight about modern motherhood ... a pleasure to read.' -- Cassie Hamer, author of The End of Cuthbert Close 'What a funny, real and insightful depiction of motherhood, friendship and the struggle (which, demonstrably, is REAL). I hungrily devoured the pages of this deftly written book. An ode to the power of women.' -- Sally Hepworth, author of The Good Sister 'Grace Under Pressure really is about female friendship, and the thread of sisterhood runs deep ... ignore the kids, ignore the washing, order takeaway. Ignore everything you think you're meant to be doing, and bunker down with this.' -- Better Reading