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Other People's Houses

by Abbi Waxman

Other People's Houses by Abbi Waxman X
Other People's Houses by Abbi Waxman
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    Apr 3, 2018
    352 pages
    Genre: Novels

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  • Beth B. (New Wilmington, PA)

    Other People's Houses --- a jog through a neighborhood
    Open the book to a Cast of Characters and a Map of the Neighborhood. Fasten your seat belt as you are given the rare opportunity to see what goes on behind those lovely wreath-decorated doors. Author Abbi Waxman has vividly portrayed husband/wife, parent/child, sibling/sibling interactions so convincingly that you will be swept away by her perception of human behavior and reactions to situations we've all experienced. Mixed in with copious wisdom is a hearty dose of humor --- the laugh-out-loud kind. Guaranteed readers will recommend this to friends. Ava, a teenager, says it best: "No one is what you think they are."
  • Mary Lou F. (Naples, FL)

    This book is written very well. One doesn't know what goes on in another's life even though you may see them every day, whether on a neighborly basis or as a friend. I like the way the author ties all the families in the neighborhood together.
  • Shirley L. (Norco, LA)

    An Enjoyable Ordinary Read
    This is an ordinary story about four ordinary families who live in an ordinary middle class neighborhood in L.A. Nothing really extraordinary happens in the narrative. The writing does not take the reader's breath away. The novel will probably not win any major literary awards.

    It is simply a slice of real, honest American life written in a funny, enjoyable voice that grabs the reader by the heartstrings. Five years from now I won't remember details of the plot, but if I'm browsing in a bookstore then I would definitely pick up Waxman's newest work. She writes beautifully about ordinary, flawed characters muddling through life doing the best they can. I enjoyed every page of this wonderful, ordinary story.
  • Laurie H. (Stuart, FL)

    My House is Better than Your House
    What a great read! This book reminds us all that you never know what others are dealing with and/or what appears to be true may or may not be. Always treat others with kindness and grace~We are all in this together. Great characters and dialog, all in all well done!
  • Shelley C. (Eastport, NY)

    A Great Neighborhood
    Sometimes a book just feels comfortable. It wraps itself around you like a warm shawl on a cold winter's night and makes you feel just right. "Other People's Houses", is that kind of book.

    I laughed. I cried. And I felt better for having immersed myself in this world.

    I want to be a part of this neighborhood. I want Frances to be my friend, or mother, or cousin.

    Waxman has drawn characters that feel like they are flesh and blood, not just two dimensional. She reads people so well. Whether they're 4 or 40, male or female, she gets inside them and really knows what they're feeling at any given time or in any situation. She writes dialogue that rings true and never seems forced.

    This is one of the best books I've read this year! I only hope that Waxman writes a sequel.
  • Diane D. (Blairstown, NJ)

    What a Neighborhood!
    I really enjoyed this book, with all the things going on in Frances' neighborhood. One thing I did not like was all the "F-bombs" in it. Maybe it's because of my age, but there are a lot of other words people could use, though I notice a lot of younger women don't feel that way.

    The stories of the different families were really interesting, and they show how we really DON'T know what goes on behind closed doors. I was surprised that everyone knew all about what was going on as quickly as they did. WOW!

    The children's reactions should make everyone sit up & take notice, because even the littlest things will affect them, one way or another.

    Something about Frances seemed to bother me. I think she was a little over the top with her involvement in everyone's lives.

    I needed something light to read, and this fit that, though it wasn't quite as light as I thought it would be. The book would be a great one for book club members to discuss, and I will recommend it to our group. I can just hear it now!
  • Debra C. (Vienna, GA)

    Other Peoples' Houses- Makes me want to move!!!
    Thank you BB and Abbi Waxman for making me smile so hard that my cheeks still hurt! Who said second novels usually disappoint? Other People's Houses is the BEST second novel ever! The story, the characters and voices, are well developed, entertaining,and will keep you turning pages wanting more. Francis, our narrator extraordinaire, is the BFF every woman needs, the mama every child want to go home with, and the gold medal winner for the wittiest comebacks ever spoken. She steers the neighborhood and her family,through the murky waters of adultery and illness, and the unsteady flood waters of soccer moms, lost and found children and love. Oh yeah, Francis also chauffeurs a mini van full of Larchmont's children to and from school in a timely manner. Grab your family, your best casserole, a blanket, and hurry on down to Larchmont Street for the BEST show in town. You won't be disappointed, and like me, you will want to either BE Francis or move to the neighborhood and BE WITH Francis. Do not miss this jewel of a book.
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