THE PILE OF STUFF AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STAIRS
A hilarious, charming story about one woman who is sick and tired of her husband not helping around the house. The first part of the book leans toward the funny side of marriage, but then the novel turns serious. Hopkinson uses the right amount of humor to get her point across without being over the top. There are some sex scenes that may be too sizzling for some readers, but this should not prevent them from enjoying this book.
Mary is at her wits’ end with her “third child,” her husband Joel. He never gets the clothes into the laundry basket and steps over them instead of putting them away, he always leaves his used tissues on the table by the bed and is generally inconsiderate. She decides to come up with a chart like the one she uses for their children. If they do what they are supposed to, they get a gold star. She gives him six months to improve … or else. (GRAND CENTRAL, Apr., 384 pp., $24.99)