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"A hilarious must-read about the city vs. suburbs divide"- NY Post

Stacey Lender's irresistible debut novel City Mouse examines what it means to find your place, revealing unspoken truths about motherhood, friendship, and the thorny pursuit to have it all.
Priced out of their Manhattan neighborhood, Jessica and Aaron move with their young daughters to the one place Jessica swore she’d never go: the suburbs. When Jessica falls in with a clique of ‘helpful’ mom friends, she has to decide if she’s strong enough to be honest with herself about the sort of life she really wants.

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  • As seen on Modern Family! Mitchell is reading CITY MOUSE on Season 10, Episode 7 "Did the Chicken Cross the Road?" Click here to watch. 
  • Check out Stacey's New York Times Metropolitan Diary piece "Beneath a Baby Grand" July 8, 2018
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    Featured in First for Women Magazine

  • "Read this book everyone! It's awesome!" - Helen Little, iHeartRadio Lite 106.7. Listen to Stacey talk about the City vs. Suburbs divide with Helen on "The Public Library Podcast"
  • Excerpt in Connecticut Post, Greenwich Time, Stamford Advocate and Hearst newspapers nationwide


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  • Featured in OK! Magazine and Star Magazine

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  • Publishers Weekly Picture of the Day

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  • Cornell's Human Ecology Magazine


“Stacey Lender has written a book I could not put downCity Mouse reminds mothers of that priceless lesson: the grass is always greener . . . and maybe even alcohol-soaked Astroturf. I tore through this book like a bored, competitive housewife tears through her Xanax.”
Faith Salie, author of Approval Junkie, journalist and host of NPR's Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!

“For every city mom who fears death by suburbia—and for every suburban mom who wonders if it’s just her—this insightful, funny trip into the secrets behind those picket fences is required reading.”
Maureen Sherry, author of Opening Belle

City Mouse is a sharp and sophisticated novel of suburban life with a narrative voice that is equal parts witty, observant, and vulnerable. A wonderful debut!”
Susan IsaacsNew York Times best-selling author

Kirkus"Debut novelist Lender sharply portrays the corrupt privilege of upper-middle-class suburbanites, and with the twist of her pen, the Stepford Wives take the upper hand over their husbands...the climactic explosion takes everyone by surprise. A bracingly tart portrait of suburban hell." Full Review.
Kirkus Reviews

daytime"Lender's debut novel is positively irresistible. It's hilarious and insightful and just the type of book any city girl needs to tote to her vacation rental this summer...even with three kids in tow. Would love to see a big name star bring this to network TV." Full Review.
Daytime Confidential

PW"Lender’s enlightening, beautifully plotted novel dives deep into the notion of having it all while playing with the shallow notions of the American dream." Full Review.
Publishers Weekly

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