ODD MOM OUT
This is a triumph of a book. Every beat, character and nuance of plot complement each other perfectly. Single mom Marta's love for daughter Eva
is portrayed so purely, and vice versa, that no matter how prickly the relationship gets, its foundation is always steeped in love.
Marta Zinsser has never questioned the way she's lived her life. She wanted a child, so she visited a sperm bank. Now said child is 9 going on 19 and desperately wants her mother to fit into her new Stepford surroundings. That, compounded with feelings for a new man and dealing with her sinking advertising agency, is keeping her more than busy. (5 Spot, Sep., 408 pp., $13.99)