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Prospect Park West

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

A great book from one of my favorite writers!

The best book yet from one of my favorite writers. In 'Prospect Park West' Sohn skewers her own neighborhood - I have read she lives in Park Slope - with hilarious and poignant results. This book examines contemporary motherhood through the lens of four very different ...
The best book yet from one of my favorite writers. In 'Prospect Park West' Sohn skewers her own neighborhood - I have read she lives in Park Slope - with hilarious and poignant results. This book examines contemporary motherhood through the lens of four very different characters: a neurotic mom, a movie star, an adulterous wife, and a closeted lesbian. My favorite parts were when she poked fun at the helicopter style of so many of today's young moms but I also loved the New York celebrity references, which are more fun to read about than even Bruce Wagner's. For people who loved the sex in Sohn's other books like Run Catch Kiss, there is no shortage of that here, belying the stereotype of undersexed Park Slope parents. For people who live in Park Slope, or similar neighborhoods filled with affluent Gen X parents and their baby gear, this book will ring true. And for people who don't, there is a lot of interesting commentary on such modern issues as sex after parenthood, celebrity culture, antidepressants, and modern marriage. A page turner! I highly recommend it.

posted by BrooklynMmm on June 28, 2009

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Mildly entertaining

I heard that this book was hilarious so I bought it. It is mildly entertaining, but borrow it from someone or from the library. Don't waste your money. The writing is terrible and it reads like a miniseries. The author clearly has an agenda and opinions. What I tho...
I heard that this book was hilarious so I bought it. It is mildly entertaining, but borrow it from someone or from the library. Don't waste your money. The writing is terrible and it reads like a miniseries. The author clearly has an agenda and opinions. What I thought was funny about it was clearly the author's opinion that women who work show up on the playground at 5:30 or 6PM and enjoy their children more than SAHM's or SHAMs as she calls them. I'm not home until 8:30 or 9pm and usually my kids are asleep already.

posted by 1916587 on September 13, 2009

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  • Posted September 9, 2009

    Prospect Park Blech

    I am an affluent, over-educated liberal who lived on Prospect Park West and still lives in the Slope and I can't be the only person to think that Park Slope just doesn't have the cachet to pull this off or to inspire anyone to read this book for its location. It might as well be Sex in the City set in Hoboken or Astoria, which is to say Sex, Not in the City.

    I read the book to see if Ms. Sohn could pull off something that accurately captured the nuances of Park Slope. Instead, we got the barest, most tired stereotypes Park Slope with the typical sleaze and trash and celeb misbehavior thrown in. Okay, the food Coop. Okay, PS 321, okay, 7th Avenue, okay, Garfield Temple. These are just carboard cutouts to facilitate a facile and recycled plot about regular sex, lesbian sex, adultery and the childrearing habits of the overpriveleged.

    Readers would be *much* better off re-reading Tom Perotta's Little Children and chasing it with some SITC reruns. That this book was written and saw its way to print probably says more about the decline and fall of Park Slope than anything else. Chick-lit readers will seek their level, and this book may be at their level (dare I say it a low one?) but the rest of you might want to give the book a pass.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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