Totally unconventional mom Marta Zinsser just can't imagine
how Eva could possibly be her daughter. Marta is a single,
unmarried woman and nine-year-old Eva was conceived through
an unknown sperm donor. Marta has spent her entire life,
even as a child, going against all traditional actions.
Eva, however, wants to conform to what everyone else feels
is acceptable for "normal" society. Her greatest wish is
to "fit in" and be popular. Marta wears baggy pants and
combat boots, much to her daughter's disapproval.
Marta, vice president of a New York advertising firm, is
asked to open a branch in Seattle. This is where Marta's
parents still live. Her mother has been diagnosed with
Alzheimer's and this will give them a chance to spend more
time together. When the company is sold instead, Marta
creates her own advertising agency, Zdesign.
Working hard to please Eva and be the popular parent who
attends all the PTA meetings and joins all the committees,
Marta struggles to juggle her home-based advertising
business at the same time. With all the demands thrown at
her from Taylor, the "perfect" mother of the school, she is
trying hard to keep her sanity and still keep Eva happy.
Eva longs to be accepted by Jemma, Taylor's daughter, and
her other snooty friends.
With no desire to have a man in her life, Marta meets Luke
Flynn, a real hunk who fills in as a big brother at the
school. Luke is fascinated with Marta's unconventional
ways. While all the other mothers drive Mercedes SUVs,
Marta's passion is her Harley Hog and vintage pickup.
Between desiring Luke and pushing him away, Marta comes to
realize she really does want someone to love. OLD MOM OUT
is a delightful account of the pressures of an individual
who's definitely her own person and fits no normal profile.
It's funny, entertaining, original and clearly defined with
wonderful characters. You can't help but love Marta and
relate to her ups and downs. This story is a must-read.
Marta Zinsser grew up in a conservative old Seattle suburb
and couldn't wait to leave for New York, where she thrived
as an independent woman with no need for men--ever--until
she decided to have a baby. Ten years later, when her mother
becomes ill, Marta realizes that this may be her daughter
Eva's last chance to get to know her grandmother. Returning
to Seattle, Marta and Eva take up residence on the affluent,
technology-drenched Eastside, filled now by snobby old money
families and even snobbier nouveau riche. Enrolling Eva in
the local school, Marta accedes to her daughter's wishes and
agrees to join the PTA despite being horrified by the fancy
moms who dominate it. With wealthy husbands, massive homes,
nannies, no jobs, and their own hierarchy, the fancy moms
have no intention of letting a bohemian mom like Marta into
their private circle.
Will Marta be able to carve a niche for both herself and
Eva? And when gorgeous maverick Luke Flynn appears in
Marta's line of vision, will she find love after keeping it
at arm's length all this time?