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Meghann Foye: What I Learned from My Own ‘Meternity’ Leave

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In my first novel, Meternity (MIRA Book, April 26), the protagonist, Liz, is 31, single and burned out from her job at Paddy Cakes, the baby magazine for hypercompetitive helicopter parents. Or, more accurately, from covering for of all the moms on staff while they go home at 5 p.m. each day. When a malfunctioning baby tracker app leads her bosses to believe she’s pregnant, she panics and lets them run with it—it’s finally her chance to have a maternity leave. When I came up with the idea, I was newly 31 myself, and it was one of those moments where all of my single friends seemed to be getting married and announcing their pregnancies right at the same time.…

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