Other People's Houses

Berkley. Apr. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780399587924. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780399587931. F
When Frances Bloom, the hoodie-wearing, slightly overweight neighborhood carpool mom/serial helper innocently walks in on her neighbor Anne in the throes of extramarital relations, she faces a predicament. Does she cover for Anne? Does she share what she knows when others inquire? How does she explain what's going on in Anne's newly fractured family to her own children, including her moody teenage daughter? And Frances and her husband haven't had sex in quite a while; could he be cheating, too? While Frances is the main protagonist in Waxman's latest novel (after The Garden of Small Beginnings), the author also tells the engaging stories of three other families in the carpool, featuring a winning cast of characters whom readers will quickly become involved with while enjoying witty musings and repartee that, fair warning, is heavily peppered with salty language.
VERDICT Waxman is a gifted storyteller with an impressive talent for penning realistic dialog for adults and children: no easy feat. For fans of fast-moving contemporary humorous fiction about women and families. [See Prepub Alert, 10/22/17.]
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