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Play Dates
     

Play Dates

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by Leslie Carroll
 

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With her sharp wit and riveting style, Leslie Carroll plunges us deep into the world of the overscheduled children of New York, and the oversexed, over-lipoed, overpaid people who raise them -or pay their nannies!

What happens when a trophy wife gets turned in for someone even younger, blonder, and prettier? Claire Marsh doesn't take it lying down. She may have

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With her sharp wit and riveting style, Leslie Carroll plunges us deep into the world of the overscheduled children of New York, and the oversexed, over-lipoed, overpaid people who raise them -or pay their nannies!

What happens when a trophy wife gets turned in for someone even younger, blonder, and prettier? Claire Marsh doesn't take it lying down. She may have lost both husband and housekeeper in the horrible divorce, but even if she's not able to keep living in the manner to which she's accustomed, she'll do what it takes so that her daughter will—with a little help from her slightly wild, slightly out-of-control sister MiMi.

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ISBN-13:
9780060596064
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/18/2005
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Native New Yorker Leslie Carroll is also a professional actress, dramatist, and journalist. Her first two books, contemporary romantic comedies set in her hometown, won a series of rave reviews. She also writes historical and New York "tart noir" detective fiction. Leslie has worked more temp jobs than she cares to remember in the fields of politics, advertising, public relations, and — far too frequently — law. But it's all ripe for social satire and fodder for fiction!

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3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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As a mother with two children in NYC¿s fast-paced private school arena, I was delighted to read Leslie Carroll¿s Play Dates. With wit, warmth and well-placed satire, she captures the essence of the social and academic pressures faced by both parents and children in this competitive scene. I can¿t imagine a mother who cannot find a bit of herself or her child in this book. I recommended it to a number of friends at my daughter¿s school, and they all found it thoroughly delightful. It is a refreshing, urban fairy tale for grown-ups that will bring a smile to your face no matter how stressful your day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read PLAY DATES with my own granddaughter as a frame of reference...Leslie Carroll hits the mark, right on! As the grandmother of a little girl just about the age of Leslie Carroll¿s Zoe, I can honestly say that no one captures the speech and foibles of a New York kid more vividly than Ms. Carroll does. In PLAY DATES she hones in on the life and times of a six/seven year old, precocious child and her single, over-stressed Mom who strives to do all the right things, all the while knowing her child has a better social life than she does. The book is witty and amusing downright laugh- aloud funny -yet charming and touching. I found myself reflecting on the problems my own two daughters had in a private school similar to the one Zoe attended...and while Zoe is compared to her Mother, who had the same teacher, my younger daughter was compared to her older sister. Everyone I know can relate to the teacher as tyrant...to the unreasonable expectations and to the stretch to pay the outrageous tuitions because NYC public schools are not places for smart, intellectually curious children. I¿ve discussed the book with young Mom¿s I know, who inevitably say -¿that¿s my life¿. Its an eye-opening and delightful read! I loved Play Dates...you will, too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was fairly amusing, but a little stupid. The characters seemed fairly real but completely unlikeable, and that whole thing about the sisters finding boyfriends at the same time... that was just plain unbelievable (and not in a good way.)This book is good if you are really, really bored, but otherwise, leave it on the shelf until you have absolutely nothing else to do.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Twenty something Claire Marsh raises her almost seven year old going on thirty second grader Zoe by herself since her spouse dumped the two of them for an older woman. Helping or hindering Claire depending on your perspective is her older sister MiMi, Zoe¿s role model in living life to the fullest with dates and other happenings. While Zoe has PLAY DATES with friends along Manhattan¿s Upper West Side, Claire plays child escort and wonders when she might have a date like big sis and little daughter.--- Although her parents cover her Central Park apartment, Claire finds work as a museum tour guide, her first income maker that is discounting her parents and spouse. She does a good job but that interferes with working with Zoe on the private school projects though the latter normally means working alone while the kid has fun. Claire figures that when she grows up she wants to be just like Zoe, a successful social butterfly, but first the next tour group needs escorting.--- PLAY DATES is an amusing chick lit tale starring a delightful protagonists bemoaning her lot in life (she would complain in heaven) yet no doubt loves her daughter, her sister, and her parents, and insures Zoe is raised in a proper caring manner. The story line is amusing whether it concentrates on Claire¿s lament or follows her leading a tour group. Though there is little real crisis as her family provides a warm loving safety net for the Marsh females, readers will enjoy Claire¿s Manhattan escapades and the black book coda containing a Leslie Carroll interview of her.--- Harriet Klausner