I connected with author and speaker, Wendy Levitt, and was lucky to receive a copy of her new book, “At the Corner of Wall and Sesame”. I had recently finished the ever popular “Shades of Grey” series and was looking for something a little (well actually a lot) less sexual, and more relatable to read. Like all of you moms out there, I am also very busy and rarely have time to read. By the time I get to bed, I am either too tired or just want to zone out with some bad reality TV. I was curious about Wendy’s book and dove right in. Lets just say I never got out until the last page.
To summarize, it’s a book about a smart and savvy businesswoman who struggles between her career and new baby, along with an overbearing mother in law, and a husband who was raised to believe in very traditional roles. The main character, Victoria, who goes by “V”, often puts her work first and never seems to fit it all in. She wants it all but isn’t willing to sacrifice her career, which she has worked so hard to build. She gets pressured from so-called friends who think it’s ridiculous for women to work as well as co-workers who assume she will slack off because of her new addition. After blocking everyone’s opinions out, she decides for herself what she needs, and not what everyone expects from her. Soon realizing something needs to change, she makes a choice that is right for her and never looks back.
What I love about this book is that “V” is a very relatable character who is extremely dedicated and has an amazing work ethic. I can see myself in “V” and was able to become her while reading the book. When she struggled with decisions in her life, I struggled along with her, and remembered when I had similar choices to make. I was curious as to how she would handle her situations and couldn’t wait to turn the page and find out what she would do next. There were a lot of times I laughed and smiled to myself, as I had been in her shoes many of times. When I was 7 months pregnant, I had just accepted a new job and knew I had to give it my all, even when the baby arrived. Six weeks after my son was born, I was back at it, making sure everyone knew that even know I had just given birth (and was healing from my emergency C-Section), I was still going to be just as dedicated as everyone else. I put tons of pressure on myself and felt I had something to prove, similar to “V”. Juggling both a new job and a new baby was definitely a challenge. There wasn’t a day that went by that some part of me wished I was the one making my son laugh during the day, hearing his coos, and even picking out what pureed vegetable he would be eating that day. Three kids later, he is the most independent, which I have to believe is related to my work situation when he was growing up.
My favorite part of the book is actually the last line, which made me chuckle. I don’t want to ruin it for you so you are just going to have to read it for yourself! I will say that a year after I decided to become a full time stay-at-home mom, my children inspired me to create Mommy Masters and my children’s music CD. At the end of the day, it’s not about working or not working, it’s about what makes you happy and feeling good about how you spend your day. It’s about making the right choices for you and your family. Whether it’s working or staying home or finding a happy medium, ask yourself if you are satisfied with your current situation. When you are feeling good and are confident about your choices, you will be a better mother, better wife and better friend, just like “V”!
I definitely recommend “At the Corner of Wall and Sesame” and am looking forward to future novels from Wendy Levitt! Order your hard or digital copy at amazon.com.
TOGETHER WE CAN MASTER MOTHERHOOD!
About the author:
Wendy Levitt is author of the novel AT THE CORNER OF WALL AND SESAME and creator of the speaker series Turning Opting Out into Opting In. Her focus is on the social challenges that impede work/life balance, and her works are based on her volunteer experience as PTA president and professional experience in finance, marketing, product development and strategic planning. During her professional tenure, Ms. Levitt’s projects received domestic and international patents and she has been recognized with numerous internal awards including the American Express Chairman’s Award for Quality. Prior to embarking on her career, Ms. Levitt received her MBA from Cornell University and her Bachelors of Science with dual majors in English and Economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.