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Suze Hall is at a crossroads. Her nemesis at work, Wanda, has
been promoted and now will be her boss. Her husband, Bob, is leaving her and the
three kids for a six-month sabbatical down under. To top it off, her best
friend, Marcia, is missing in action--playing footsie with some new
Adding to this disaster stew, David, the gorgeous hunk who
broke her young-girl's heart has coincidentally popped back into her life and
has something she desperately needs to keep her job.
Walking with Elephants, a lighthearted slice-of-life
story, brings to the table the serious work/family issues facing women today. It
explores themoderndichotomyof aworkplace that is filled with homemakers who still must cook, clean,
carpool on nights and weekends, shop for prom dresses, and "create" the
holidays—such as Suze. But it
also is filled with women who have the same drive as men, have no family
will do what ever it takes to get ahead.
So step into the shoes of Suze Hall and commiserate over
workplace politics, titillate your sexual fantasies, ride the wave of a working
mother, and fall-down laughing.
The cover is a symbol of the message of empowerment of women.
The protagonist, Suze, writes and essay at the end of the novel suggesting a
paradigm shift from the patriarchal societies that have been in place for
centuries to a matriarchy, such as is found in nature. Like elephants, hence the
-- Reviewer said it's like Bridget Jones meets Erma
Making your dreams come true --
When I first started working as a mother of three kids, I thought
it was a great opportunity to start a career after my kids were kinda
grown and in school. I discovered there are a lot of mean girls and
bullies in the work place and sometimes I dreaded going in. I tried to
keep to myself because interactions were difficult. But sometimes
projects had to be shared and I found a lot of sabotage and just plain
nasty stuff to make me miss my deadlines. In defense, I taught myself
how to use a lot of publishing software and that has held me in good
stead since my publisher has gone out of business and I have taken over.
Being a female who grew up in the 50's and 60's, I remember how few
women worked outside the home, even in Brooklyn, NY. Now women have
very short bonding time with their babies and they are back to work
after just a few weeks. When I came upon a woman pumping her breast in
the ladies room, I thought how crazy that she is not nursing her baby
right now. Other countries have one to two years for maternity leave,
much more civilized.
I decided that if I were
going to write a book, this topic concerning the viper's nest of the
workplace, the adjustment of families where there are new babies, and
the role of women to embrace careers and still be the main go-to person
for everything in the home needs to be an area for discussion.
the publishing world did not even give my book a chance until ten years
after I wrote it. By then, there were several books on that topic. In
fact, one has been made into a movie.
proud of my accomplishment to stick to my goal of getting my book
published, of seeing my dream come true and to hold my book in my hands.
I am also thrilled that I am now retired and I do not deal with
horrible daily grind of the workplace. I would hope that women would
become better mates at work, and had hoped my book would inspire that. I
am still waiting.
Karen S. Bell
Author Bio --
with Elephants is
Karen Bell’s first novel, although she is not new to writing. After earning a
graduate degree in mass communication she spent 15 years as an editor and writer
of business materials. She says, “Inspiration for this novel came from my direct
contact with the joys of Corporate America and the balancing act that comes with
being a working mother.” Currently, Ms. Bell resides in Ponte Vedra, Fl with her
husband and photos of her children, granddaughters, and grandson who live
everywhere BUT Ponte Vedra, Fl