Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

America Embraces 'The Inner Bitch'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

America Embraces 'The Inner Bitch'

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Byline: JAMES LANGTON

A COLLECTIVE cry of rage by over-stressed career women and mothers has become America's most talked-about book.

Written by a group of friends, The Bitch In The House claims to "tell the truth about sex, solitude, work, motherhood and marriage".

Magazine editor and writer Cathi Hanauer began the project after admitting the pressures of work and family left her so angry and frustrated she could barely maintain control. Even her husband Dan using up the dishwasher liquid and failing to put it on her shopping list would test her temper, she said.

At the same time, she would feel guilty at her failure to cope. The title is taken from Virginia Woolf 's criticism of "the angel in the house". Ms Hanauer said many women became resentful because they were still expected to behave like angels to their families.

"I think some women are proud to call themselves bitches because they feel like it means they are able to speak up; that they're not the angel of the house,'' she said. …

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