It’s not news that women work, have families, and are conflicted about it. No one needs to be reminded that motherhood is hard. Enter Caitlin Flanagan with a fresh, witheringly funny take on women’s lives today, the weddings, nannies, overscheduled children, sex (and the lack of sex), the cult of the “domestic goddess” and its manias for home decorating and gourmet cooking, and the endless tension between working moms and stay-at-home moms.
Part social history, part social commentary, part personal account of the author’s own relationship with her mother and her children, To Hell with All That is about the things that interest Flanagan the most: women and children, households and marriages. Presented as a series of essays, it follows the natural course of women’s lives. Without offering a prescription for happiness, it defines where Flanagan wants to be: in a world where a woman is depended on, and considered irreplaceable, by people who love her.