How to Party With an Infant

How to Party With an Infant

The new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Descendants—a hilarious and charming story about a quirky single mom in San Francisco who tiptoes through the minefields of the “Mommy Wars” and manages to find friendship and love.

When Mele Bart told her boyfriend Bobby she was pregnant with his child, he stunned her with an announcement of his own: he was engaged to someone else.

Fast forward two years, Mele’s daughter is a toddler, and Bobby and his fiancée want Ellie to be the flower girl at their wedding. Mele, who also has agreed to attend the nuptials, knows she can’t continue obsessing about Bobby and his cheese making, Napa-residing, fiancée. She needs something to do. So she answers a questionnaire provided by the San Francisco Mommy Club in elaborate and shocking detail and decides to enter their cookbook writing contest. Even though she joined the group out of desperation, Mele has found her people: Annie, Barrett, Georgia, and Henry (a stay-at-home dad). As the wedding date approaches, Mele uses her friends’ stories to inspire recipes and find comfort, both.

How to Party with an Infant is a hilarious and poignant novel from Kaui Hart Hemmings, who has an uncanny ability to make disastrous romances and tragic circumstances not only relatable and funny, but unforgettable.
  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 240 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781501100796 | 
  • August 2016
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This reading group guide for How to Party with an Infant includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Kaui Hart Hemmings. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


Two years after being blindsided by her (surprise!) engaged-to-someone-else boyfriend and subsequently dumped while pregnant, Mele Bart is a thirty-year-old single mother who spends most days sitting in various San Francisco sandboxes with her daughter, Ellie. While she’s been lucky enough to have found fellow parents who become her de facto family, what Mele doesn’t have is much in the way of professional drive or romance—but all that changes when her ex invites her to his perfect Napa wedding to his perfect cheesemaker fiancée, with little Ellie to play the role of flower girl.

Aimless and dateless, Mele decides to occupy her mind in the months prior to the wedding by entering a cookbook contest sponsored by the San Francisco Mother’s Club. Mele begins to listen to her friends’ revealing, honest, and often hilarious stories—tales of babysitter envy and teenage delinquency, cheating spouses, oversexualized tweens, and super-rich mommies whose id see more

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About the Author

Kaui Hart Hemmings
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Kaui Hart Hemmings

Kaui Hart Hemmings has degrees from Colorado College and Sarah Lawrence, and she was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her first novel, a New York Times bestseller, The Descendants, has been published in twenty-two other countries and is now an Oscar-winning film directed by Alexander Payne and starring George Clooney. She is also the author of a story collection House of Thieves, the novels How to Party with an Infant and The Possibilities, and the YA novel Juniors. She lives in Hawaii.