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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.

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  • Posted June 14, 2010

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    Contemporary Life

    In Prospect Park West, Amy Sohn takes us inside the lives of four women who live in this Brooklyn neighborhood. Melora Leigh is a famous actress, who after two Oscars, worries that her career is in trouble. She is slowly falling apart mentally, physically and emotionally. Her son spends his time with the live-in nanny while Melora and her husband work on their careers.

    Rebecca is a part-time journalist who works out of her home while tending to her year and a half old daughter. After the birth, her husband turned off sexually to her, and Rebecca hasn't had sex in over a year. She is desparate to change this, and is starting to look around outside her marriage to get her needs met.

    Lizzie is a stay-at-home mom who feels trapped. Her husband is a musician trying to promote his career, which means he is on the road most of the time. Even when he is home, it's in "conquering hero" mode as he says he needs to decompress from the strains of his career, not take over child care. Adding to the isolation Lizzie feels, her husband is another race and their child is bi-racial.

    Karen is another stay-at-home mother. She is aggressively trying to improve the lot of their family, pushing to move to another, more prestigious address, pushing to get to know some of her famous neighbors, pushing to have another child to create a storybook family.

    Sohn shows us the strengths and weaknesses each women faces as she tries to carve out a satisfactory life for herself and her children. The strain between working and stay-at-home moms is explored, as is the changing dynamics of relationships once children are introduced into a marriage. The four women come together and push apart throughout the book. Sohn has worked on Sex And The City and that highly sexually charged viewpoint is found throughout the book, but does not define it. This book is recommended for readers that enjoy exploring others' lives and how they face issues.

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  • Posted May 20, 2010

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    Bridget's Review

    Rachel is stuck in a loveless marriage and has dreams of meeting a man who will sweep her off her feet and carry her around for the rest of her life. Rachel and her husband's non-existence sex life has been dried up since before their daughter was born. She ends up meeting a man who she has a steamy affair with, Stuart who is also married. When she winds up pregnant there is no way to deny the consequences of their actions. Lizzie used to be a lesbian but she is now married to a man with whom she has a son. During a conversation, Rachel kisses Lizzie. How many more twists and turns can one group of people take?

    If you are looking to read an in-depth, meaningful read, this is not the book for you. If you're in the mood for a fun yet trashy read that reminds me of a soap opera, this is up your alley. It's entertaining and I found it to be a nice escape from reality.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    Some interesting characters, and some I just wanted to punch

    Prospect Park West follows the lives of four mothers as they struggle to cope with issues ranging from sexual identity confusion to infertility.
    Overall, it was a fast read, bordering on trashy in places, with a couple of interesting characters and some extremely annoying ones.
    Set in Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood, we meet:
    Lizzie - former lesbian stay-at-home mom, married to a musician who is constantly travelling. She develops an attraction to another mom in an attempt to assuage her loneliness.
    Rebecca - my favorite of the mommies, Rebecca is loud and occasionally rude but of all the moms presented in this book, the one I'd most want to hang out with simply because she's fun and she knows how to laugh at the pitfalls of mommydom. Big problem is that her husband doesn't want to have sex with her since the birth of their child. Interesting turn on the sex-after-baby issue.
    Karen - a manipulative social climber. The kind of mom who makes her kid wear kneepads at the playground. Couldn't stand her, and was glad to see her come to a somewhat bad end.
    And then there's Melora - an Oscar-winning actress who adopts an orphan a la Angelina Jolie, but then foists him off on the nanny and decides to take up pick-pocketing as a hobby.
    The racial paranoia subplot felt forced, and I just laughed outright at how delusional most New Yorkers seemed to be about then-nominee Barack Obama's presidency and what they thought he could accomplish.
    The ending doesn't tie everything up neatly - it leaves you wondering about some of these mommies - but not really interested enough to wonder for very long.

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