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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (March 23, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767912241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767912242
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“With Babyville, Jane Green confirms her position as one of the sharpest, funniest observers of modern life and romance.” —Waterstone’s Quarterly

“You’ll be hooked—even if babies are the last thing on your mind.” —Company

From the Inside Flap

Meet Julia, a wildly successful television producer who appears to have the picture-perfect life. But beneath the surface, things are not as perfect as they seem. Stuck in a loveless relationship with her boyfriend, Mark, Julia thinks a baby is the answer . . . but she may want a baby more than she wants her boyfriend. Maeve, on the other hand, is allergic to commitment. A feisty, red-haired, high-power career girl, she breaks out in a rash every time she passes a stroller. But when her no-strings-attached nightlife leads to an unexpected pregnancy, her reaction may be just as unexpected . . . And then there?s Samantha?happily married and eager to be the perfect June-Cleaver mother. But baby George brings only exhaustion, extra pounds, and marital strife to her once tidy life. Is having an affair with a friend?s incredibly sexy husband the answer?

With Babyville, bestselling author Jane Green applies her golden touch to the next phase of a girl?s life. By turns witty, rollicking, and tender, this sparkling, sexy tale about the complexities of modern motherly love isn?t really a story about babies?it?s about three friends whose lives are suddenly turned upside down by that life-changing event that hangs over the head of every single girl: motherhood.

More About the Author

Jane Green is a bestselling author of popular novels. She has been featured in People, Newsweek, USA Today, Glamour, and Cosmopolitan. She lives in Connecticut with her family.

Customer Reviews

A great weekend read or beach book.
J. Gray
Green just BARELY managed to redeem each of her characters by the end of the story, but it was almost too little too late.
Amazon Customer
I have read all of Jane's books so far, and this is one of her best.
L. Campbell

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Melonie on July 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
If you have just picked up Babyville because you thought that it would all be about babies and pregnancy then think again. This book is about three women whose lives are turned upside down by a life changing event, which is motherhood of course.
Jane Green has written this book in three sections for each of the main characters. Julia is trying desperately to have a child but is trying to cover up her bad relationship. Maeve has never wanted children until something unexpected happens. Sam has just had a baby and realizes that having children is not all that it is cracked up to be.
This is a really great about motherhood and friendship. If you have never read a Jane Green book before then this would be the perfect book to start with.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Kaplan on June 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book has everything: characters we can love, real-life problems to which most everybody (male and female) can relate, and a point of view that is not preachy, and that actually sees both sides of the problem.
And that problem is babies...from the obsessive desire to get pregnant (a very real, unblinking look at what happens to a couple struggling with infertility) to an unwanted pregnancy (an equally real look at decisions that are almost impossible to make), to a much-wanted pregnancy that leads to an unforeseen aftermath.
Each of the three main characters, Julia, Maeve and Sam, are delightful in their own way, each conforming to the current Brit Lit cliche of young, ultra-fashionable, ultra-career minded, ultra-sexy but still wonderful women with various hearts of gold. Their men are not caricatures, but real people whose thoughts and needs are sensitively described in this book--a breath of fresh air! As we watch the three women grapple with different issues in the fertility arena, we come to love them and care deeply for the babies they may or may not have.
I was surprised at just how good this book really was. I was expecting another light, breezy British outing, and although this book certainly delivers on that level, it is also a thoughtful and thought-provoking look at parenthood and what it does, and does not, mean to those of us who have children, or who have every thought of having one.
A keeper!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Baker on September 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
Okay, from the gist of the other reviews of Babyville, I am the black sheep but I HATED this book. It started off great. I liked the Julia storyline. I know a lot of desperate 30 somethings who have mistakenly thought having a baby would fix a relationship. But as far as Maeva and Sam - UGH. Who cares? One woman, Maeve, has a seedy one night stand (literally- standing in an alley) and gets pregnant, and then eventually she and the philandering sperm donor realize they are truly soul mates and it was destiny? Ridiculous. And Sam. While her crush on Dan is amusingly psychotic (especially when she is looking for "signs" that Dan loves her and then ignoring them when it doesn't bode well for their fantastical future together), her husband Chris comes across as spineless instead of sympathetic.

Jane Green is excellent at descriptive characters, realistic dialogue and amusing character flaws. But unfortunately, many of her characters come across as shallow, superficial whiners who don't deserve their ultimate happy happy joy joy endings. Skip this book in favor of her far superior novel, Mr. Maybe. You will thank me.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Caroline P. Hampton on May 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
For those who have loved Jane Green's work in the past, as I have, this exploration into the next phase of life (committed relationships with offspring) was a welcome and wonderful trip. Green's previous work (Bookends, Mr. Maybe, and Jemima J) are some of my favorite books and I think Ms. Green is a wonderfully talented storyteller. I'm really glad to see her moving in a more mature and complex genre. I think it's time - and I look forward to more of it.
As for this newest book, "Babyville" revolves around the lives of three very different women. Seeming perfect Julia, who is a successful TV producer, career driven Maeve who gets faint with the mention of motherhood and mother in training Samantha, who can't wait to buy those maternity clothes. Of course, things don't go as they expect (otherwise, why write the book) and it's those twists and turns that make this a great Jane Green experience.
I really enjoyed this one --- it gets better with age, and I suggest a couple reads to really appreciate it. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Diane Moore VINE VOICE on July 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
At first, I was afraid of picking up this book. Jane Green usually writes about single girls living their lives, not married women wanting babies, but I knew that she wouldn't do me wrong!
There are three parts to this book: simply, Julia, Maeve, and Sam. These women couldn't be more different! Julia, has a live-in boyfriend and wants a baby with him, because she wants to patch up their relationship unknowingly. Maeve, on the other hand, couldn't be farther away from wanting that commitment, but she ends up pregnant instead! Sam, Julia's best friend, has the husband and baby, and looks perfect from the outside, but the inside story is way different.
This author shows that she knows what it's like to have the baby: postpardum depression, weight gain, feeling like you have lost your own life BB (before baby) and your own identity! She also knows that women can have a life as well as a family! Don't be put off by the 400 something pages, I did not get bored once!
Also, I was afraid that once I finished with the womans "story," that we would never see them again in the book, never know how everything turned out. I was wrong! Apparently, these three women are all interconnected, and that was great how she wove them all together!
Highly recommended!
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