☆☆➹⁀☆4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
What it’s about:
At any given moment in other people’s houses, you can find…repressed hopes and dreams…moments of unexpected joy…someone making love on the floor to a man who is most definitely not her husband…
As the longtime local carpool mom, Frances Bloom is sometimes an unwilling witness to her neighbors’ private lives. She knows her cousin is hiding her desire for another baby from her spouse, Bill Horton’s wife is mysteriously missing, and now this…
After the shock of seeing Anne Porter in all her extramarital glory, Frances vows to stay in her own lane. But that’s a notion easier said than done when Anne’s husband throws her out a couple of days later. The repercussions of the affair reverberate through the four carpool families–and Frances finds herself navigating a moral minefield that could make or break a marriage.
Other People’s Houses is a humorous take on a classic tale of daily suburban life, parenthood, and marriage.
The women on who live on Frances Bloom’s street individually lament how suburbia and children have affected their career, body, and personal grace. While they all have the life they thought they wanted, none seem to be happy, just busy and tired. When one woman’s illicit affair is exposed, it sets off an epidemic of malaise as if infidelity and divorce are a communicable disease. Ms. Waxman’s wry take on suburban life is as wickedly good and addicting as any night-time television melodrama.
The trials and tribulations of daily life in the Larchmont suburb of Los Angeles are presented lightheartedly as the characters experience what growing old together genuinely means. Author Abbi Waxman clearly shows her readers that regular/normal families are often less humdrum than presumed behind their closed door.
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