Alex Handiworth can't seem to stay out of the spotlight. Armed only with exhaustion, rage, and a mother's protective instinct, she knocks out a terrorist threatening the pilot of a plane on which she and her two sons are traveling. Naturally, Alex makes national headlines and reporters hound her relentlessly for weeks.
But weeks turn into months, as Alex Handiworth: Defender of the Universe & Mom Extraordinaire takes readers on a series of adventures where an average mom becomes a reluctant heroine. Along the way Alex juggles her baby's poopy diapers, sarcasm from her 12-year-old son (whom she refers to as a "TIT": Teenager in training), avenging terrorists, convenience-store robbers, and schoolyard drug dealers. Not to mention a handsome movie star and a rogue reporter.
Heywood's writing showcases a unique blend of action, suspense, romance, and comedy, particularly in the portrayal of Alex's relationship with her older son. In reflection of the upcoming anniversary of September 11, this light read provides a useful, harmless way of dealing with the anxiety Americans are feeling about terrorism these days. It addresses the fantasy we all have of being the one to thwart the bad guys.
Original title: Alex Handiworth...Defender of the Universe & Mom Extraordinaire
Genre: Fiction→ Adventure→ Political Intrigue and Terrorism