Other People's Houses

Other People's Houses

Book - 2018
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A hilarious and poignant new novel about four families, their neighbourhood carpool, and the affair that changes everything. Francis Bloom, neighbourhood carpool mom, thinks she has seen it all. But when she walks in on her husband with Anne Porter, she vows to mind her own business. A notion easier said than done, when Anne's husband throws her out a couple of days later. The repercussions of the affair will reverberate through the four carpool families - and Frances finds herself navigating a moral minefield that could make or break a marriage.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780399587924
Characteristics: 330 pages :,illustrations ;,21 cm.


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Jul 22, 2018

One lives with one's neighbours, go to backyard BBQs, carpool, chat on the sidewalk....but one never knows what goes on behind the doors of one's neighbours. That's the storyline here.
There are some humorous lines and I enjoyed that Lilli, from the author's first book The Garden of Small Beginnings, has a cameo appearance but all in all, there isn't much happening in this story and large parts of it are repetitive and slow.
An okay story. Lightly entertaining, some humor; just a bit slow moving.

multcolib_karene Apr 30, 2018

Witty and entertaining. Just a fun book to get lost in.

Apr 04, 2018

This was a book I thoroughly enjoyed! It was a hilarious, realistic, and brutally honest look into modern day family life. I am in awe of how author, Abbi Waxman, managed to spin the everyday mundane happenings of child rearing, grocery shopping, and marriage into such a delightful story.
This book is about a group of neighbors whose lives are detailed after the main character, Frances, heads to one of her carpool kids' houses for a forgotten school item and walks in on her neighbor, Anne, having an affair on the living room floor. This effects not only the life of Anne and her family, but every family whose child rides in the carpool also.
This story follows the lives of 4 families that live on the same block and have daily interactions with one another. Some are friends out of mutual interests, other just because their children play together. I loved this book because it shows that everyone's life is anything but boring. It's always interesting to know what's happening in other people's houses.
While everyone in this story has some kind of insecurity and marriage problem of their own, I feel the way the characters dealt with their issues were a real to life and completely relatable to most families today. Its a book that shows that not every family is perfect, no matter how they look to others on the outside, and that everyone has their own way of dealing with all the minor or major crisis's that appear daily in family life.

***Side note- I imagined the main character of this book as Katie Otto from ABC's sitcom "American Housewife". She is just funny as hell and takes on life with such sarcasm! ***

Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing Group for allowing me to read and give my honest review.

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