Published by Turtleback Books on April 3rd 2018
Genres: Adult, Women’s Fiction, Literary Fiction, Contemporary, Domestic Drama
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"Abbi Waxman is both irreverent and thoughtful."--#1 New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin
Named A Highly Anticipated Book for 2018 by InStyle.com, Elite Daily, and Hello Giggles!
The author of The Garden of Small Beginnings returns with a hilarious and poignant new novel about four families, their neighborhood carpool, and the affair that changes everything.
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 was my pick for Book of the Month this month, and I am so glad I chose it. It was so good with laugh out loud moments, and moments that make you stop and think too. It was a fanttastic read!
The story centers around four families and their stories all woven into a domestic drama. From the outside, it is a picture perfect neighborhood, beautiful homes with successful families, with happy and healthy children. But each of them have their own personal issues they are dealing with within their own homes. And one woman’s actions has caused a ripple effect throughout their lives.
Frances Bloom is our main character and narrator, and is the heart of the block. She drives the carpool for all the school age children, the go to Mom and friend for all the parents. But she herself has her own problems at homes, with a teenage daughter who is strong willed, mouthy and sometimes just plain indignant. Something some teenagers, at some point or another go through or at least try to do to their parents. I myself, I have had to deal with that and it is not fun at all, so I felt awful for Frances.
When Frances goes to Anne’s house to pick up something her daughter had forgetten for school she finds Anne is a compromising position. Literally. She decides to stay out of, but secrets like that don’t normally stay hidden for long. The affair is out there soon enough but not from Frances saying anything, the gossiping ensues, and sides get taken. The others on the block start questioning their own homelives. There is no shortage of drama from this point on either. Drunken confessions, health issues revealed, as well as the lull of sexual libido are discsussed throughout the story from the different families. Yes, the language at times was something those would call vulgar or raunchy, but it did not bother me at all. In fact, I even had the whole discussion with my husband about some of the things that were talked about and said. This probably because a couple of times, I was laughing and he kinda looked at me funny so I told what I had just read. He even snickered.
This is an unflinching look into the lives these families, the good, the bad and even the ugliness that went along with it. It was realistic and engrossing, and I couldn’t stop reading it. Seomtimes, the way we think isn’t what we say outloud, and Waxman puts it all out there for us to read. Kudos to you! This shows us that life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows, and not everyone get that happy ending without having to work for it, and while this might not be for everyone, I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it and would certainly recommend giving it a try.
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