Other People's Houses

Other People's Houses

"Abbi Waxman is both irreverent and thoughtful."--#1 New York Times bestselling author Emily GiffinNamed A Highly Anticipated Book for 2018 by InStyle.com, Elite Daily, and Hello Giggles!The author of The Garden of Small Beginnings returns with a hilarious and poignant new novel about four families, their neighborhood carpool, and the affair that changes everything.At any...

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  • Melisa

    I have not laughed out loud this much and this loud at a book in who knows how long. One hilarious line after another. I bow down to your comedic delivery, Ms. Abbi Waxman. She has taken some serious topics and added some light to them, well done.

    I found the central character of Frances to be my favorite - she was absolutely hilarious, and I kinda wish she was a real person because I would want to be her friend. This cast of characters all had

    I have not laughed out loud this much and this loud at a book in who knows how long. One hilarious line after another. I bow down to your comedic delivery, Ms. Abbi Waxman. She has taken some serious topics and added some light to them, well done.

    I found the central character of Frances to be my favorite - she was absolutely hilarious, and I kinda wish she was a real person because I would want to be her friend. This cast of characters all had their quirks and I found them all to be very real.

    I’m actually sad this one is over, I’m going to miss these crazy characters - gimme more Abbi Waxman now! And lucky for me, I just found Waxman’s previous book at a used book sale last week and I jumped around a bunch of people to get my hands on that one stat.

    Definitely for adult eyes only! - Rated R for language and adult situations.

    This was a Traveling Sisters group read and I loved hearing everyone’s thoughts.

    Thank you to Elisha at Berkley for sending me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Berit☀️✨

    From the minute I picked up this book I was sucked into the lives of these characters.... Abbi Waxman did a phenomenal job of bringing to life these characters..... they were so real, so relatable, so compelling.... as a mother of three living in Southern California, who live through the PTA,AYSO, and a teenage daughter.... I found so much of this book so relevant and laughably true.... The scene in this book at the PTA meeting where they were debating Cotill

    From the minute I picked up this book I was sucked into the lives of these characters.... Abbi Waxman did a phenomenal job of bringing to life these characters..... they were so real, so relatable, so compelling.... as a mother of three living in Southern California, who live through the PTA,AYSO, and a teenage daughter.... I found so much of this book so relevant and laughably true.... The scene in this book at the PTA meeting where they were debating Cotillion lessons had me in tears... The struggle is real!

    Francis is the glue that holds this book together as well as the neighborhood.... she drives all the neighborhood kids to school, is always there for everybody when they need her, and is always putting everybody else before herself.... she also had a sense of humor about herself, her family, her life, and the world in general, I always love that in a character.... if Francis and I were to live on the same block we would absolutely be friends and she would never find me on my living room floor in a compromising position.... promise..... however this did happen when she went to retrieve toilet paper rolls from Ann’s house.... imagine this you drop your neighbors kid off at school and she is devastated because she forgot to bring toilet paper rolls needed for craft time (and as anybody knows who has had a child of elementary school age those are always a big must when it comes to craft time).... so you decide to do the (neice) thing and go back and retrieve those lovely toilet paper rolls from your neighbors house and then you walk in on your neighbor/friend Ann in an extremely compromising position and not with her husband.... soon enough everybody finds out what Ann is up to and the entire neighborhood goes sideways.... especially Charlie, Ann’s husband.... i’ll stop there with anything about the plot, I want you to read this for yourself and enjoy the journey... it is a fabulous one!

    This is a book about love, pain, family, friends, children, and everything else that makes up a life.... told very realistically with a huge dose of humor.... this book is going to make me look at my neighbors in a whole new way.... what is really going on behind that front door? Who really are the people in your neighborhood?

    Strongly recommend to anybody who enjoys a character driven book with tons of laugh out loud moments and an extremely relatable plot....

    PS: AYSO stands for American Youth Soccer Organization ⚽️

    *** thank you so much to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***

  • Kendall

    I know what you're thinking... another neighborhood book?!

    No.. ladies and gents what a deliciously addictive novel about a suburban neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles focusing on four families.

    What more can you want from a novel?! Gossip, lies, secrets and humor ALL in one!

    Let's meet our main character Frances Bloom. She is the "carpool" mom that takes all the kids to school. One morning, she accidentally walks in on one of her neighbors having an affair. Of course, the word travels like l

    I know what you're thinking... another neighborhood book?!

    No.. ladies and gents what a deliciously addictive novel about a suburban neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles focusing on four families.

    What more can you want from a novel?! Gossip, lies, secrets and humor ALL in one!

    Let's meet our main character Frances Bloom. She is the "carpool" mom that takes all the kids to school. One morning, she accidentally walks in on one of her neighbors having an affair. Of course, the word travels like lightning and boy does it spread!!! All of the neighbors start questioning their own lives, families, and children.

    What I really enjoyed about this novel was how Abbi beautifully balances the right amount of humor and seriousness throughout this story.

    Can I also say.... I cuss like a sailor (well haha maybe I should work on this.... ) but the language worked perfectly in this one.

    Abbi had me laughing out loud the majority of this novel. Characterization is a definite strong point!!

    This one is definitely one to put on your radar! I enjoyed this overall and look forward to more from Abbi Waxman.

    Huge thank you to Elisha, Berkley Publishing Group, and Netgalley for the advanced arc in exchange for my honest review.

    I read this as part of our traveling sister group. Always such a fun time with you ladies and love hearing all the thoughts! Please see their blog for the full sister review:

    4 stars

    Publication date: 4/3/18

    Published to GR: 4/2/18.

  • Meredith

    It’s hard to write a summary due to multiple POVs and plotlines, so I am just going to focus on the main ones.

    Frances, or “Saint Frances” as some of the bitchy soccer moms refer to her, is the main voice of the novel. Frances runs the neighborhood carpool, happily carting off the children of three other neighbors on a daily basis to an

    It’s hard to write a summary due to multiple POVs and plotlines, so I am just going to focus on the main ones.

    Frances, or “Saint Frances” as some of the bitchy soccer moms refer to her, is the main voice of the novel. Frances runs the neighborhood carpool, happily carting off the children of three other neighbors on a daily basis to and from multiple schools. She is the glue that not only holds her own family together, but also that of many neighbors. Wanting to constantly lend a helping hand, she sometimes oversteps boundaries and inserts herself into the drama of her friends and neighbors. Of course she has some flaws, and her weight is the focus of a lot of discussion. I could have lived without this aspect of her character, as it felt cliched.

    When Frances walks in on her neighbor Anne in a compromising position, she struggles to be a supportive friend. Anne’s family implodes, resulting in more neighborhood drama. Anne and her husband also have main POV’s, as does Frances’s cousin, Iris, and her wife, Sara.

    What I really like about

    is that it feels very realistic, with all the good, the bad, and the ugly that goes on behind closed doors mixed in. As I wrote above, Frances is the driving force, but the blurb made it seem more like the focus was going to be about Anne, and while Anne’s story takes up a good chunk really it’s about Frances. I found the narrative to be a little uneven--I wanted more from some characters, and less from Frances. I also wish the characters were a little bit more nuanced and less cliched.

    Overall this was an enjoyable, entertaining read.

    Thank you to Elisah at Berkley Publishing Group for sending me an ARC!

  • JanB

    Do we really need another neighborhood book that focuses on the domestic dramas of the people who live there? As it turns out, yes we do! Especially one as irreverent and wickedly funny as this one. The focus is on four families and told mainly from the point of view of Frances, the neighborhood’s car pool mom. She’s the woman you’d want as your best friend. Nicknamed St. Frances, she’s always ready to help anyone in need and puts everyone else’s needs above her own. She truly does have a heart

    Do we really need another neighborhood book that focuses on the domestic dramas of the people who live there? As it turns out, yes we do! Especially one as irreverent and wickedly funny as this one. The focus is on four families and told mainly from the point of view of Frances, the neighborhood’s car pool mom. She’s the woman you’d want as your best friend. Nicknamed St. Frances, she’s always ready to help anyone in need and puts everyone else’s needs above her own. She truly does have a heart of gold, but she cusses like a sailor, and her thoughts are irreverent, snarky, and witty. Many of them are thoughts we’ve all had but wouldn’t dare say out loud. It was real and relatable, and she had me chuckling more than once.

    One day St. Frances runs to a neighbor’s house to retrieve a forgotten school supply for one of the car pool kids and finds her neighbor Anne in a compromising position. This revelation creates a ripple effect that affects everyone and leads them to look at their own relationships a little more closely. How well do we really know our neighbors, our children, and sometimes even our own spouse?

    Families and relationships are messy and I loved how irreverent, relatable, and real this was. Underneath the humor serious issues were addressed, ones that many of us can relate to. I was hooked from the first page to the last. This book needs to be on everyone’s summer reading list!

    * be aware there is quite a bit of profanity, including f-bombs. I was put off by it at first, but was able to tune it out quickly

    * I received an ARC of this book from Berkley Publishing. All opinions are my own.

    *Read with the traveling sister group, you can read this review and others on their blog:

  • Norma

    OTHER PEOPLE'S HOUSES by ABBI WAXMAN was an extremely enjoyable, entertaining, and fast read that isn't like any other "neighborhood" book that I have read lately. I absolutely loved visiting this neighborhood.

    It's a realistic, charming, humorous, and dramatic tale with some laugh out loud moments to lighten the mood of some of the serious topics in this book. I absolutely loved our central character here, Frances Bloom and her snarky commentary. She was relatable, interesting, and quirky. Woul

    OTHER PEOPLE'S HOUSES by ABBI WAXMAN was an extremely enjoyable, entertaining, and fast read that isn't like any other "neighborhood" book that I have read lately. I absolutely loved visiting this neighborhood.

    It's a realistic, charming, humorous, and dramatic tale with some laugh out loud moments to lighten the mood of some of the serious topics in this book. I absolutely loved our central character here, Frances Bloom and her snarky commentary. She was relatable, interesting, and quirky. Would definitely recommend giving this one a go and visiting this neighborhood for yourself!

    This was a Traveling Sisters Group Read, and thank you so much for another wonderful reading experience ladies!

    Thank you so much to Edelweiss, Berkley, and Abbi Waxman for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of the book in exchange for a review!

    The Traveling Sisters Review will be posted soon on our themed book blog Two Sisters Lost In A Coulee Reading:

    COULEE is a term applied rather loosely to different landforms, all of which refer to a kind of valley.

    Where I live I am surrounded by Coulee's! :-)

  • Diane S ☔

    3.5 Charming and so much fun, but not without it's serious side and some devastating consequences. What goes on behind the doors of the families in your neighborhood? Behind the facade of the perfect marriage, the woman who is always meticulously groomed, the one who always seems to have it all together? In this neighborhood, filled with mixed couples, all with one child or more, there is apparently much going on behind the scenes. Ones secret is soon to be exposed, and in a very big, loud, publ

    3.5 Charming and so much fun, but not without it's serious side and some devastating consequences. What goes on behind the doors of the families in your neighborhood? Behind the facade of the perfect marriage, the woman who is always meticulously groomed, the one who always seems to have it all together? In this neighborhood, filled with mixed couples, all with one child or more, there is apparently much going on behind the scenes. Ones secret is soon to be exposed, and in a very big, loud, public way. This revelation will cause the others to re-evaluate their own lives, their own marriages.

    I recently said I was tired of books with soap opera drama and unfeal, over srittencharacyers, women straight out of Desperate Housewives, but I had this to read. Already committed to read it and it was a sisters read so......... Sometimes it all in the tone, this was told in a light hearted manner, with much we humor. These characters were not cardboard characters but like real people,people you have in your neighborhood, can identify with them and their situations. In fact, there wasn't much in this book that I couldn't imagine happening, and much that I identified with. Mother overload, definitely, tired of meal planning or wondering whether one was feeding their family the right, nutritional food, check. Could go on and on, parts of one character, maybe parts of another.

    So as far as women's fiction goes this was a winner, also a wonderful change of pace that just might have changed my mind about reading books featuring a neighborhood or group of friends.

    ARC from Edelweiss.

  • Tucker

    I think we’ve all wondered what goes on inside our neighbor’s houses, and as the long-time car pool mother for her block, Frances Bloom knows and sees a lot of her neighbor’s secrets (sometimes much more than she wants!) Abbi Waxman’s new novel, “Other People’s Houses” takes us inside these houses and relationships, primarily through the viewpoint of Frances. She’s a wise and witty woman who frequently finds herself getting more involved with these families than she would like. Abbi Waxman knows

    I think we’ve all wondered what goes on inside our neighbor’s houses, and as the long-time car pool mother for her block, Frances Bloom knows and sees a lot of her neighbor’s secrets (sometimes much more than she wants!) Abbi Waxman’s new novel, “Other People’s Houses” takes us inside these houses and relationships, primarily through the viewpoint of Frances. She’s a wise and witty woman who frequently finds herself getting more involved with these families than she would like. Abbi Waxman knows how to write humor and snark, but she’s also a keen and insightful observer of the joys and difficulties of family life. This is a charming and realistic story with believable characters and situations I think will resonate with many readers. It’s also very, very funny!

    Thank you to Elisha Katz, Berkley Publishing Group, and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book.

  • Suzanne Leopold

    Do we really know what goes on behind the doors of our neighbors? Francis Bloom learns first hand when she interrupts her neighbor, Anne, having an affair. A forgotten art project leads to her bad timing and will cause a ripple effect on many lives. Francis earned her nickname “St. Francis” for being the reliable neighbor who drives everyone's children to school and she is quick to help in an emergency. After her shocking revelation, she is left to wonder if this is an isolated case or the norm

    Do we really know what goes on behind the doors of our neighbors? Francis Bloom learns first hand when she interrupts her neighbor, Anne, having an affair. A forgotten art project leads to her bad timing and will cause a ripple effect on many lives. Francis earned her nickname “St. Francis” for being the reliable neighbor who drives everyone's children to school and she is quick to help in an emergency. After her shocking revelation, she is left to wonder if this is an isolated case or the norm for her friends.

    The balance of the neighborhood is then thrown off balance when Anne’s husband finds out about her affair. The neighbors all witness the aftermath of their split and everyone begins to question their own relationships. Can a marriage be repaired after a breach of trust?

    Abbi Hoffman’s novel inspects marriage, child-rearing, and mundane tasks with a touch of humor. I loved that she weaved Lily from her book The Garden Of Small Beginnings into the story. Other People’s Houses is a refreshing and honest view of life.

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