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Amanda's husband has run off with a young thing named Tiffany, and everyone in this tony Atlanta suburb knows about it. Former friends avoid eye contact, thus rendering her son's baseball games excruciating, especially since Amanda, along with two other women considered pariahs, is relegated to helping out at the concession stands. Amanda finds a new kind of friendship with these two women, especially when she discovers that her husband has left her virtually penniless. What can a woman whose only skills are cooking, cleaning, and carpooling do to support her family? The three brainstorm and come up with the idea of a housecleaning service. Since her clientele are her snooty neighbors, Amanda dons a disguise, and, curiously, her alter ego has the confidence she lacks. Truly a treat to devour in one sitting, Wax's story of a woman's transformation from dependence to dominance is a hugely entertaining study in self-empowerment. Maria Hatton
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About the Author

Wendy Wax began her broadcast career at a tiny radio station in Athens, Georgia, where she chose to attend college after reading Gone With the Wind one too many times. Over the last twenty years she has written and produced a wide range of corporate and broadcast projects and has worked on commercials and feature films. She is also an experienced on-air and voice-over talent and hosted a live radio talk show called "Desperate & Dateless" in the early eighties.

She lives in Atlanta with her husband and their two elementary school-aged boys.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (June 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553588974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553588972
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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USA Today bestselling author Wendy Wax is heralded for her contemporary women's fiction exploring friendship, loyalty, self-discovery and the seemingly insurmountable challenges life sometimes presents. Her latest novel, A WEEK AT THE LAKE, brings three friends together for a reunion that will change their lives.

Born in St. Petersburg, Florida, Wendy grew up on St. Pete Beach within spitting distance of the Gulf of Mexico. Appropriately enough, Wendy attended Sunshine Elementary School where recess and art class sometimes took place on the beach, and the highlight of every school year was the annual fish broil. Not surprisingly, some of her favorite Florida beaches were destined to become settings for her bestselling fiction, including her "Ten Beach Road" novels, TEN BEACH ROAD, OCEAN BEACH, THE HOUSE ON MERMAID POINT and her e-novella, CHRISTMAS AT THE BEACH. Her book, WHILE WE WERE WATCHING DOWNTON ABBEY, was set in her hometown, Atlanta, and brought her an array of attention from book and entertainment media upon news of its upcoming publication.

It's hard to be a type-A personality when you grow up in a place like St. Pete Beach, with its laid-back environment, but somehow Wendy managed. Convinced that you were expected to know how to read before you showed up for school, at the age of five she forced a neighbor friend to teach her. She's been devouring the written word ever since. Books, one of Wendy's greatest treasures and best forms of escape, have had a major impact on her life and on her decision to create stories about women and triumph over adversity leavened with her trademark honesty and humor.

Wendy's writing has been highly praised. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says she "writes with breezy wit and keen insight into family relations." Her books have been featured in national publications such as USA Today, Ladies Home Journal and Woman's World, and at online book sites such as On a Clear Day I Can Read Forever, Luxury Reading, Book Reporter, Night Owl Reviews and Fresh Fiction. In 2011 she was honored by the City of St. Pete Beach when the City Commission declared May 12th "Wendy Wax Day."

Prior to writing, Wendy worked in radio, television and film, most notably as writer, producer and host of The Home Front, which aired on PBS stations across the country, and as the host of a Friday night radio show called Desperate & Dateless when she was both.

The mother of a toddler and a newborn when she first decided to write, Wendy admits it may not have been the best timing in terms of productivity. "I'm still not certain why I felt so compelled to write my first novel at that particular time," she says, "but that first book took forever." Since then, she's written eleven others and her e-book original novella.

When not writing, Wendy spends much of her time speaking to writers groups and book clubs, enjoying time with her family, visiting relatives in St. Pete and reading. She lives in Atlanta, where she and her husband are adjusting to their new life as empty nesters.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 8, 2006
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I picked this up as a quickie at the grocery store to sandwich in between 2 heavy reads. I was pleasantly suprised!

Fully expecting a bodice-ripper, I found laugh-out-loud lines, fully-developed characters and social insight. The book reminded me that for all of our media-savvy and technology taht we have not deviated that far from the world of Jane Austen.

High society in the suburbs turns balls into baseball fields and servants into maids, Wendy Wax reveals taht suburbia has all the earmarks of British society.

Although the plot was a bit predictable, many of the scenes were quite touching. And each of the main characters' moral dilemmas shot the book with a sparkle of self-awareness.

In the end, Wendy Wax shows that soccer moms are like all mothers; women taking care of those they love and teaching their kids how to love, hope and faith in the future.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. Hawthorne on September 6, 2011
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Nothing is more fun and yet concerning to those watching me than when I laugh and sob at the same time. Wendy Wax accomplished this in her book Single in Suburbia. It was a hilarious description of a heart wrenching expression that brought on this fit of giggles and tears. Single in Suburbia had me chuckling almost every chapter; pair that with the character Amanda Sheridan who really knows how to put a cheating husband in his place, and you've got a book I could hardly put down.

Single in Suburbia follows jilted wife Amanda, replacement wife Brooke, and divorcee Candace as they help Amanda keep her house after her husband lost everything. In order to keep Amanda's family afloat, they start Maid For You, a cleaning service specializing English speaking French maids when Amanda discovers that being a stay at home mom does not dazzle prospective employers. She, Brook, and Candace dress in wigs and gaudy make-up as they clean, snoop, and realize that no family is as perfect as it seems.

Single in Suburbia is an example of how disaster can have positive ripples and turmoil shows us who our real friends are. The main characters are witty, real, and nothing in their life is perfect. Each of them struggles with their own jaded past as they battle with who they were and who they want to be.

As for Amanda's husband...

While I love writing villians that you feel sorry for, I don't like reading about them. I'm fickle like that. I want to hate them, I want to jump around gleefully when something bad happens to them, especially if they brought it on themselves, but I also think that feeling sorry for the bad guy is more realistic and harder to accomplish, so I hate a love-hate relationship with the husband character (he does not deserve to be named).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erica L. on July 1, 2006
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I bought this book just wanting something "mindless" to read. I was very pleasantly surprised at what a great read it was. I read it in less than 24 hours and would purchase a book by this author again.
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In Wendy Wax's newest story, Single in Suburbia, mother and housewife of eighteen years, Amanda Sheridan is forced to go out and get a job after her husband leaves her. When Amanda files for divorce, she discovers their finances are not what she always believed, so, she's forced to make the transition from Stay At Home Mom to member of the work force. Unfortunately, her skills are quite lacking.

That's where Maid For You comes in. Amanda knows the one thing she is truly good at is cleaning. And what does every bored and stay at home mom in suburbia need? A maid! Enter Solange, aka Amanda Sheridan disguised as a French maid.

With the help of her two friends, Candace and Brooke, Amanda starts to navigate the waters of suburban life while being single. It's harsh and a quite a rude awakening for her, but Wendy Wax imbues Amanda's character with resilancy and strength. She doesn't back down from challenges and to her, the most important people in her life, her children, need her more than ever. Whether through tears or laughter, Amanda and her friends cope and excel in their new career.

Single in Suburbia features a very humorous plot. It's serious, no doubt, but Ms. Wax doesn't make it melodramatic. Rather, she shows how Amanda is getting on with life. There's no doubt that Amanda isn't a tad scared of the new challenges awaiting her, but she's also not too afraid to tackle them. Add in lots of wacky and off the cuff situations, a little romance with a few single suburban males, and you've got the perfect ticket to a fun and entertaining story. Thankfully, it doesn't take itself too seriously. Rather, Wendy Wax knows how to keep the lessons implied in the story personal and simple, without creating a big monologue of melodrama.

Single in Suburbia is the world of fiction's answer to Desperate Housewives, with a much more interesting premise and some characters who are sure to leave good impressions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Hinton VINE VOICE on October 13, 2006
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Amanda Sheridan has no idea what she's in for when her lawyer husband decides to trade her in for a younger model. She has no idea about the state of their finances, hasn't worked outside her home for the last fifteen years, and is pretty much clueless about anything besides cleaning her house and taking care of her family. When it turns out her successful husband isn't as well off as she originally thought, she scrambles to find work to provide for their three children and keep their home.

Brooke Mackenzie is more than just a pretty face, though you wouldn't know it unless you talked to her--which most of the other trophy wives refuse to do. Brooke is everything that the other women despise and hope to keep away from their own husbands. At 28, she left her job as an accountant to become a housewife to her recently-divorced husband, her stepson treats her with silent disdain, and she can't help but wonder if she made a mistake in hiding her past from her husband.

Candace Sugarman has it all by anyone's standards. Thrice-divorced, the numerous settlements from her previous marriages have left her comfortable enough that she doesn't have to work. She owns a fantastic house in a suburban neighborhood, has hordes of designer clothes, and a loving boyfriend who coaches a youth baseball team. Unfortunately, Candace also has a meddling mother who refuses to let Candace live her own life.

Wendy Wax's third novel, Single In Suburbia, focuses on the impromptu bond that three very different women form when they are ostracized from the suburban cliques formed by their neighbors. Bonded by the youth baseball teams to which they are all somehow tied, these three women forge a friendship based on more than just the size of their respective bank accounts.
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