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Barbarians at the PTA

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Barbarians at the PTA

"Desperate Housewives" meets Mean Girls in this heartfelt and hilarious debut novel about a mother-daughter duo facing cliques, cyberbullying and snobs in a wealthy NYC suburb.

Victoria Bryant is starting over. After a rage-inducing scandal and the realization that her dreamy fiancé is faker than a faux Fendi purse, she moves her psychology practice and 10-year-old daughter, Rachel, to Mayfair Close, an idyllic Westchester, NY, suburb known for its manicured lawns and excellent schools.

The transition is initially seamless; several PTA moms befriend Victoria, her already busy practice booms, and Rachel finds a group of friends. But before anyone can say “helicopter mom,” in walks Lee DeVry. Wealthy, glamorous and perfectly toned, the PTA president is everything Victoria is not.

Vic tries to fit in with Lee and the other SUV driving, athleisure-wearing mothers. At first, she manages to balance the demands of her practice, single parenthood, and her budding romance with Jim, a handsome school administrator. All seems well until Rachel is suddenly targeted, first by the girls at school and then by an anonymous cyberbully. As Rachel spirals, becoming isolated, playing hooky, and exhibiting signs of depression and disordered eating, Victoria vows to find out who has been messing with her daughter. 

After she learns a secret that will help her rescue her child, Vic faces the ultimate dilemma: Should she expose the bully publicly, despite the potential consequences to her professional reputation and relationships with Rachel and Jim?

A hilarious, sharp and hope-filled debut, BARBARIANS AT THE PTA will have you cheering for badass moms everywhere who go to the ends of the earth for their children --- and will leave you wanting more from Dr. Stephanie Newman.

Barbarians at the PTA
by Stephanie Newman

  • Publication Date: June 2, 2020
  • Genres: Fiction, Humor
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse
  • ISBN-10: 1510758240
  • ISBN-13: 9781510758247