My Review: Do you ever think about what goes on behind closed doors on your street? Well, after reading this story, I don’t think I want to know. This story lets us look into the lives of four families that are neighbours. There is humour, drama, love, heartbreak, infidelity, angst and illness. This is a story that will have you thinking about your own life and counting your blessings as well as those of your families and friends.
Frances is the car pool mom. She drives seven kids from four different houses to school each day. She is not perfect, but is envied by many who see her living happily with her husband and three children, always helping others. Anne, her neighbour is married with two children, but having an affair. Frances walks in on her one day and she realizes that she needs to end it as she really loves her husband and does not want to lose her family. Iris and Sarah have a son the same age as Frances. Sarah is an actress who is often away from home Iris wants another child, Sarah wants to take the family to China for an acting job. The final family is father and son, with his wife mysteriously out of town. All these families have issues and secrets behind closed doors that no one knows about, at least, not yet.
Other People’s Houses is a very realistic story that is filled with the ups and downs of family life. All of the characters are very real, not perfect but real. One thing I was not prepared for was the talk of sexual encounters as well as the use of profanity, but I got used to it as the story went on. It was just part of who the characters were. Abbi Waxman knows how to pull the reader in with her sarcasm, realistic talk and humour, and never lets them go. She makes sure her readers can see that all actions have consequences, some good, some not so good. I was not sure how I felt about some of the characters in the story at the beginning, but by the end, I was rooting for them all and felt like they were friends. A good book that I would recommend. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Edelweiss.
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