Review: Die Mütter-Mafia by Kerstin Gier

Die Mutter-Mafia
Kerstin Gier
(cover art by Bianca Sebastian)
Bastei-Lubbe 2005
€7,99
 Book review | Die Mütter-Mafia by Kerstin Gier | 4 stars

★★★★☆

Synopsis (English  translation below)*

Deutschland sucht die Super-Mami!

Es gibt sie, die perfekten Mamis und Bilderbuch-Mütter, die sich nur über Kochrezepte, Klavierlehrer und Kinderfrauen austauschen. Doch, eigentlich sind sie der Albtraum jeder Vorstadtsiedlung. Dagegen hilft nur eins. Sich zusammenrotten und eine kreative Gegenbewegung gründen: die “Mütter-Mafia”! Ab jetzt müssen sich alle braven Muttertiere warm anziehen…

Germany is looking for supermom!

They exist, the supermoms and picture-perfect mothers who only talk about recipes, piano teachers and nannies. In reality however, they are the nightmare of everyone in suburbia. There’s only one thing you can do about them. Band together and start your own counter-movement: the “Mother-Mafia”! From now on, all those well-behaved mothers better watch out… 

Review

Kerstin Gier’s writing is great! It’s funny, easy to understand, and quick to read. Especially the very snarky one-liners in this book were just hilarious! Through out the regular story, as well as in the beginning and end of this book, we get to see bits of a forum for moms. Everyone here is supposed to be supportive of each other, but sometimes it seems more like a place to tell the other person how wrong or stupid they are, which is usually done through back-handed comments.

It’s like chick-lit with friends and family instead of romance! Ok, well, maybe a little bit of romance, but it’s definitely not the main theme of the book.

Gier deals with a few sensitive, yet common topics throughout her book. However, mostly it’s the mundane things she can make fascinating: a divorce and the backlash of it while trying to not make the kid’s dad seem like an asshole. Gier manages to discuss everything that comes with this in a light, funny, and clear manner.

At the end of the book there’s one particular problem she deals with that is extra-sensitive. I’m still not sure how to judge the way she handled it. On the one hand, it was an empowering way to solve the problem, yet on the other hand  legally and morally not the right thing to do. I don’t want to spoil anything, but if you’ve read the book, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

A little disappointing in the book is the very late formation of the Mother-Mafia. It takes ages  before it’s finally (unofficially) set up. From the backcover of the book, I was expecting it to be something that was evident from the very beginning. This is not the case however. Luckily this is the first book in a trilogy and I’ll be able to enjoy the Mother-Mafia for two more books.

This book has been translated to a couple of languages, English is unfortunately not one of them, as far as I can tell. However, check out the Goodreads page with the different languages. I can spot: Bulgarian, Dutch, Slovenian, Turkish, Hungarian, and Czech.

*Freely translated from German

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