Other People's Houses by Abbi Waxman
Other People's Houses
by Abbi Waxman
Berkley (April 3, 2018)
Advance copy provided by publisher
Having long ago discovered that dysfunctional relationships were often a key to my enjoyment of fiction, preferably with a side of dry humor and sarcasm, when I read the description of Other People's Houses I assumed it would be worth a try. When it was later announced as a Book of the Month pick, I was excited to have snagged an early copy.
Early comments I read from other readers, however, seemed to dull my enthusiasm; I wasn't sure whether I would be willing to shuffle around the books I was really looking forward to reading in order to make time for this one. I am happy to report that Other People's Houses was definitely worth the time.
There were a couple of moments when I, a childless introvert who couldn't care less about her neighbor's exploits, felt like the novel might have bogged down just a bit; Waxman rarely allows the pace to linger for long, though, and I found myself surprisingly invested in her characters and their relatable struggles. From marriage, adult friendship, and same sex partnerships to the comedy and challenges that come along with all of these relationships, Waxman entertains.
If you are a reader who is offended by foul language, just a heads up that this is not your book; having said that, I love the fact that the novel's characters speak candidly about their relationships and challenges. In spite of its minor flaws, this aspect of the book kept me engaged and it was just what I needed. This would be a great selection for a weekend or vacation read; I promise you'll laugh out loud, likely on several occasions.