The Next Phase in Chick Lit

February 09, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Entertainment News
Chick Lit is the affectionate name for modern romance fiction, a genre of popular, and often times humorous, fiction written for and marketed to young women. Considered a post-feminist style dealing unconventionally with the traditional romantic themes of love, courtship and gender; the books are especially appealing to single, working women in their twenties embattled in the pursuit of their goals.

Unfortunately, this fresh voice of biting wit and social commentary hasnít often been continued on to an audience of more mature readers, those women in their 30's and 40's who have already fallen in love, and ridden off into the sunset with their prince. While they get the house, the kids and the minivan as they settle down into the American Dream, they too inherit the uniquely feminine adventures of what it truly means to be a modern princess living happily ever after. But who will address these often unspoken, common, yet comical circumstances?

Enter the Suburban Diva and the newest hot selling book, Suburban Diva: From the Real Side of the Picket Fence.

Tracey Henry, the Suburban Diva, writes about her adventures living family values in today's world. The book features fifty stories and witty observations of the exciting aspects of wife and motherhood; carpooling, play dates, not-so-happy anniversaries and macaroni art. They are the chick lit-post script: insights for the woman who has already won her romance battles and finds the spoils are as humorous and entertaining as the pursuit.

It may not always be as glamorous as it sounds, but it is always hilarious.

Bee Lavender, author of Lessons in Taxidermy and publisher of, says Suburban Diva: From the Real Side of the Picket
Fence is "Funny, punny observations about suburban family life from a modern Erma Bombeck."

Fans of Henry's weekly Suburban Diva column at have already rushed to the first retail outlet to stock the book, Barnes & Noble online, making the book hit the top 100 books this past weekend (2/04/06).

The popularity of her writing is based on the readers identification with the author's amusing observations. As Henry says, "Most often, after a column, I get a message on my board, an email or even a phone call that begins with a hearty laugh, and then a shared personal story regarding a similar circumstance in the reader's family. This has been the most rewarding part of Suburban Diva; finding out that not only are we women not alone, but we're all laughing at the ridiculous together."

Deanna Dahlsad, publisher, says this of the book, "Tracey and her alter-ego Suburban Diva strike a chord with readers because the stories are our stories, womens stories — we all just wish we could tell them this well!"

Suburban Diva: From the Real Side of the Picket Fence
Author: Tracey Henry
Illustrator: Jeff Harris
ISBN: 0977100375
Format: Paperback, 124pp
Pub. Date: January 2006
Publisher: Ephemera Bound Publishing

Tracey Henry's stories have been featured in Chocolate for the Womanís Soul Volume II, A Cup of Comfort for Inspiration, and A Cup of Comfort for Expectant Mothers (Spring 2006) as well as numerous online sites and local print publications. More information on the author can be found at

Ephemera Bound, publisher of Suburban Diva: From the Real Side of the Picket Fence, is a division of Equilibri-Yum, Inc, Fargo, North Dakota, 58102.