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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Mom On The Road is a contemporary humorous novel written by Allyson Ochs Primack. The author used her own experiences travelling around the country with a theatrical cast to craft this work. Maggie was old enough to have enjoyed being young and being sexually liberated before the AIDS crisis made sex dangerous. The child of hippies, she enjoyed a childhood that included summer camp and away-from-home college and she continued these experiences with law school. Life was good. Maggie was in her twenties and still single, but her friends were all getting married and having kids. When she met Paul, there was an instant spark, and they were soon married. By the time she was 40, they had 3 kids, and she had somehow lost track of who she was.
Allyson Ochs Primack's contemporary humorous novel, Mom On The Road, is a funny and totally different type of on-the-road novel, though those who are childless or not women may find a number of cringe-worthy moments sprinkled throughout this women's fiction novel. Maggie, the mommy, often seemed like an alien being or, at best, someone enmired in a domestic purgatory. I imagine some readers who have been contemplating the ticking of their biological clocks may start considering whether quieting those ticking sounds is really worth it. Where this novel shines is when Maggie and her theatrical son, Matt, are on the road. The stories about the different cities they visit and the hi-jinks on the bus are marvelous. Even better is the gradual reawakening of Maggie, the excited and adventurous young woman who somehow had forgotten about her dreams. Mom On The Road is recommended reading.