May Contain Nuts

A Novel of Extreme Parenting

By John O'Farrell
(Grove Press, Black Cat, Paperback, 9780802170156, 319pp.)

Publication Date: October 2005

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Alice never imagined she would end up like this, so anxious after hearing about the dangers of meteorites that she makes her children wear bike helmets in the wading pool. Her husband, David, has taught their four-year-old to list every animal represented in Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf." But the more they push their children, the more things there are to worry about. It seems no amount of gluten rationing or herbal teas can improve their children's intellectual development, and as Alice's eldest child looks set to fail her entrance exam for the exclusive private school on which her parents have pinned all their hopes, Alice decides to take matters into her own hands. With a baseball cap pulled low over her face, Alice shuffles into a hall of two hundred kids and takes the test in place of her daughter, her first examination in twenty years. With a comic eye for detail that has sent his books to the top of the British best-seller lists, "May Contain Nuts" is a funny, compelling, and provocative satire of the manic world of today's overcompetitive, overprotective families.

About the Author
John O'Farrell has been a writer for the satirical television show "Spitting Image "and on the film "Chicken Run" and is a regular columnist for "The Independent "(London). His nonfiction book on the futility of being a Labour Party supporter, Things Can Only Get Better," "was a #1 "Sunday Times "bestseller in Great Britain. He lives in Clapham, England, with his wife and two children-when he isn't "working."
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