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For readers of Liane Moriarty and Jennifer Weiner, there’s a secret behind the row-house walls of Emerson Street.
On a cozy street in Philadelphia, three neighboring families have become the best of friends. They can’t imagine life without one another—until one family outgrows their tiny row house. In a bid to stay together, a crazy idea is born: What if they tear down the walls between their homes and live together under one roof? And so an experiment begins.
Celia and Mark now have the space they need, but is this really what Celia’s increasingly distant husband wants? Stephanie embraces the idea of one big, happy family, but has she considered how it may exacerbate the stark differences between her and her husband, Chris? While Hope always wanted a larger family with Leo, will caring for all the children really satisfy that need?
Behind closed doors, they strive to preserve the closeness they treasure. But when boundaries are blurred, they are forced to question their choices…and reimagine the true meaning of family.
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About the Author
Elizabeth LaBan is the author of The Tragedy Paper, which has been translated into eleven languages, and The Grandparents Handbook, which has been translated into seven languages. She lives in Philadelphia with her restaurant-critic husband and two children.
Melissa De Pino is the founding partner, principal, and editorial director of Leapfrog Group, a branding and marketing firm for nonprofits, and a former high school English teacher in Camden, New Jersey. She grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and earned degrees at both Villanova and Temple universities. She lives in Center City, Philadelphia, with her two sons. Pretty Little World is her first novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Three married couples living side by side in Philadelphia decide to take some walls down and combine forces to live in a commune like way. Upon reading the synopsis, I was completely intrigued and excited to read and review the book. I knew that I would enjoy seeing if the author could convince me that this could work between three married couples. Let me say that yes, I was convinced that combining some part of a living situation and splitting adult responsibilities could be interesting and work, but there were other things I had difficulties with in this book.
Living in a commune style with my neighbors is nothing I would ever want to do but for these three families it seemed to make sense. Yet after taking the walls down each family found their own issues. These problems could have been there before they took the walls down but were brought to light after. With each problem the support from the other families was wonderful. There was never a doubt that they would support each other, pick each other up, and help each other in any way possible. I am not sure what my thoughts were on the how the adults all seemed to bond with each other’s spouses. What I mean is that the wives all bonded with different husbands. I am not sure that everyone in the house didn’t overstep boundaries many times. The style of living did not give any private/personal time to couples or individual families. I am not sure how any of these marriages managed to stay together. The children in this story were not prominent characters but there was still an attachment to them. I wonder how confusing it would be to young children to call other women mommy and other men daddy. This is something that I thought about each time it happen but maybe it is just because I am a mommy and I wouldn’t want my daughters to call anyone else mommy. When I finished reading I just sat and thought about how my world would be if I lived in a world like they did. How would my relationship with my husband change? What would my children think? Pretty Little World is an interesting read. I devoured it.
What would happen if you took the walls down in between your two neighbors? Could you live in a commune style house with 6 adults and 5 children? That is what this book is about. Celia and Mark have decided to put their house up for sale with three children living in a small townhouse they need more room. The two other couples Hope & Leo and Stephanie & Chris, talk Celia and Mark into taking the walls down and making one big house. There are lots of things to work out, lots of problems to solve, and lots of love for all. It is a story of what makes a family, what makes couples, and what love can endure. I really enjoyed this book. Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book.