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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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  • Published in USA  Apr 2018
    352 pages
    Genre: Novels

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  • Suzi S. (Crestview, FL)


    Very engaging
    I found myself immediately drawn into the lives of the characters and ended up reading it in two days! She did a wonderful job creating characters and situations that rang true but were not ordinary. I did think the ending was very slightly predictable, but as a friend pointed out recently, when you read a lot, that is just often the case.
  • Chris, Wisconsin


    Behind closed doors
    We never really know what goes on behind the closed doors of our friends and neighbors. This book allows us a glimpse into the lives of four families who live on the same street and whose children all ride in the carpool that Frances drives every day, because she has a kid at every school and she is the only parent who isn't "working." The story is told from different viewpoints, so we can see how spouses can see the same thing in two ways and children can understand events in a completely different way from their parents. I enjoyed the book very much, and now wonder about the closed doors of my neighbors and what is happening behind them.
  • Linda Z. (Melville, NY)


    Who Are the People on Your Neighborhood?
    Kudos to Abbi Waxman,Author of "Other People's Houses" for weaving such an intriguing and captivating story. This story has a "Peyton Place" feel, and I almost feel like a voyeur in these neighbor's homes. Actually I have a front row seat.The genres for this story are Fiction and Women's Fiction. The story takes place surrounding a few neighbors homes. Within the main story are the stories of the neighbors involved.

    Abbi Waxman describes her colorful cast of characters as complicated, complex, diverse, and confused. One of the central characters is Francis Bloom, a good-hearted soul who loves to help other people. Frances drives all the kids from the block back and forth to school in a carpool. Needless to say, on a small block in a small community, everyone seems to be aware of everything. On this particular block Francis goes back to her neighbor's house to pick up toilet paper holders that the daughter has forgotten to bring to school. When Frances enters the house she finds her neighbor Anne, embarrassingly busy, but not with her husband.
    Can secrets survive in a neighborhood like this? When Anne's husband, Charlie finds out about this, he throws her out of the house.

    This has a major effect on all the characters in this story. Within each home, the characters have their own problems, happiness, sadness, hope and dreams.The children are discussed as well.

    The author describes each character in detail. Could this be similar to your neighbors?

    I appreciate that the author brings up diversity, questions of self-worth and growth, depression, secrets, betrayals and adultery. On the other hand, there is the discussion of the importance of family, friends, neighbors, love, faith and hope.

    I received this book as an Advanced Reading Copy for my honest review.
  • 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)


    Judging
    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!

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