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Other People's Houses by Abbi Waxman
Contemporary fiction

Other People's Houses

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by Abbi Waxman

Quick take

This tale of four families in a tight-knit suburban community gets real about love, love affairs, and what's really going on inside your neighbor's house.

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    Family drama

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    Forbidden love

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Why I love it

Skye Sherman
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I’m not sure how Abbi Waxman manages to spin the day-to-day routines of rearing toddlers and teenagers in the suburbs into a story that I (a kid-free millenial) couldn’t put down, but she did it. Somewhere between the crises of the carpool routine and the heart wrenching secrets, this book sucked me in until I cared about nothing more than the private lives playing out behind the closed doors of one unremarkable Los Angeles neighborhood.

An honest and cheeky treatise on friendship, parenthood, and what it really means to grow old together, Other People’s Houses tells the story of four families tied together by a common street address. There’s the good, the bad, and the ugly of life in suburbia—and a peek into the “totally normal” lives of a few “totally normal” families, all the while proving that even the most apparently mundane of existences can be anything but boring.

Above all else, this book is just plain funny. Waxman’s dry sense of humor and razor-sharp wit had me embarrassed to read this book in public; I could never predict when she’d spring her next laugh-out-loud-worthy line on me. Perfect for a quick beach read or a comical escape.

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Synopsis

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 ...

*Record scratch*

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.

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4619 ratings
  • 33% Love
  • 52% Like
  • 11% Dislike
  • San Antonio, TX

    I loved this book for what it was! I can totally relate to frances with her teenage daughter ( I have 2 little girls that already act like teenagers ????????‍♀️) it made me laugh out loud! I enjoyed it all!

  • Conneaut , OH

    So good. I loved all of the different characters and their interactions. It was a great look into every day people’s lives and normal problems. I don’t normally read this genre but this has changed me

  • Dallas , GA

    I felt as though I wrote this book! The author’s language style is just like mine, as well as her sense of humor! I really enjoyed the characters and their relationships with their spouses. Recommend!

  • Centerville, OH

    This book was a different genre than what I normally read. I’m not even sure the genre I would put this book under. It gave me laughs & kept me intrigued the whole way through. Main character on point

  • Munnsville, NY

    this is a book i can see myself rereading a lot. the storyline was good. there were so many laugh out loud moments. and it ended exactly the way i wanted it to. definitely a book i’ll be recommending

  • Henderson, NV

    One of the most relateable books I’ve read. This author captures the essence of what life is like for the normal humans on this planet. If your feeling stuck in the daily grind this was a great read.

  • Oklahoma City, OK

    I honestly couldn’t believe I ordered this book. I blame wine. BUT it was SO funny. The eye roll is for all the parts I blamed the wine for. I’m not married and no kids.. so mom drama was whatever.

  • Peabody, MA

    Abbi Waxman writes with such raw, comical honesty. Her characters are hysterical, realistic, flawed and just as confused about life as we are. I fell in love with every single character thrown my way.

  • Apex, NC

    This is an addictive must read-novel! A stunningly accurate portrayal of how one family member's actions affect everyone for better or worse in the home and even people in the neighborhood. LOVED IT!!

  • JBER, AK

    loved this one! it was a great lighthearted book about families dealing with every day shenanigans - from marital sex to managing households and crazy kids with minds of their own. it had me chuckling

  • Owego, NY

    This could be a book about any neighborhood anywhere. I have had these thoughts, said these things, and done some of the exact things. Pulled me in and hooked me from the first page. A Must Read!!!!!

  • Kansas City, MO

    I really liked how you got into the minds of the characters and I identified with a lot of the female characters/moms. A lot of the judgmental and real life self-talk hit home and was all too familiar

  • Omaha, NE

    A funny novel, full of witty metaphors and believably damaged characters who insert themselves into their neighbors' lives with humor, empathy, and camaraderie. Will be reading more from this author.

  • Denver, CO

    Funny and incredibly relatable. All of these scenarios in this book are more than likely happening to those around you.... it's reassuring to know you're not alone! Quite a few laugh out loud moments.

  • Cedar Park, TX

    Really enjoyed getting to know the families in this neighborhood. Realized many families have similar worries and struggles. Hated for it to end as I still wanted to read more about these families!

  • Dallas, OR

    This book is HILARIOUS! The characters say everything that you are thinking, or at least what you wish you could say! I thoroughly enjoyed all of the characters, and plowed through this book quickly.

  • McCalla, AL

    This book was such a refreshing read! The continuous witty commentary was hilarious & kept me reading just to know what Frances would think next. I will definitely be buying Waxmans other book to try.

  • Beaverton , OR

    Fantastic writing! Read in a day, couldn’t put it down! The daily life & feelings portrayed by Frances were so relatable I could’ve been reading about my own life. Delivered with such humor & wit!

  • Brownsville , PA

    I absolutely loved this book! I could not put it down because I always needed to know what happened next. The story is so real and raw and you get to know all the characters so well. A fantastic read!

  • Tolono, IL

    Although the book got off to a slow start, it turned into a real page turner! This was such an interesting approach to the question that we all have: "what goes on in other people's homes every day?"

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