Wishful Thinking is the story of Jennifer Sharpe, a divorced mother of two young boys who can remember a time when she went to movies and museums, read novels, and ran half-marathons…but just barely. Now she has a job that only somebody with a wife could manage, an intermittently-employed ex-husband who only manages to be a parent one night a week, and the only time she runs is from school drop-off to her office. Then one morning Jennifer awakes to discover that her smartphone, aka the thing that keeps her life together, is missing. But before panic sets in, it is returned to her, in a mysterious envelope. Even more mysterious is the message from the woman who found it, Dr. Diane Sexton. “I am an inventor, of sorts,” the message reads, “and I have been working on a rather miraculous application designed precisely for a person such as you.” The application: Wishful Thinking. The tagline? An App for Women Who Need to Be in More Than One Place at the Same Time. The miracle? It works.
In the months that follow, Jennifer’s phone becomes more important to her than even she ever thought possible. Powered by Wishful Thinking, it is the portal to having it all. Able to be in multiple places at once, Jennifer no longer feels she’s failing at everything, transforming almost overnight into a super-worker and a super-mom, and soon considering adding the title of super-girlfriend to her résumé. Jennifer’s best friend, a pediatrician, worries about Jennifer’s health. Dr. Sexton, the brilliant physicist who invented the app, warns her against using it too much. Jennifer’s coworker Alicia, also a working mom, suspects that something is amiss. But Jennifer, with a taste of the life she is sure she always wanted, ignores even her own growing questions. (Like how is it, with all the time in the world, that her hours seem more overscheduled than ever? And what, if you can do everything all of the time, does anything you do really mean?) A scifi fairy tale for women cracking under the pressures of modern life, Wishful Thinking is the story of a woman desperately seeking balance, and wondering if her happily ever after is possible in real time.