- Paperback: 319 pages
- Publisher: Avon A (July 22, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061253774
- ISBN-13: 978-0061253775
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
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There's enough suburban-mom anxiety in Rosenberg's crackling fourth novel to fuel several ulcers: worrisome in-laws, spoiled-brat kids, a husband with a shrinking income, a newfound stepson and a gorgeous neighbor whose nastiness knows no bounds. The nonstop crises in Mindy's diary of domestic disaster would easily torpedo both credibility and patience if it weren't for this harangued housewife's edgy wit and chicken-soup-for-the-soul warmth. (Buggin' out? Mindy fumes at her stepson. Oh, right. Because with three other kids, a job I hate, and a failing business, I was short of things that pissed me off.) Though hostile next-door-neighbor Beth Diamond is the presumed Darth Vader in Mindy's life, it's clear the pair have more in common than they'd like to admit, and they eventually bond and help each other through domestic troubles. If you enjoy giddy diversions, this chronicle of a long and bumpy suburban ride can be surprisingly sweet and is well worth the trip. (Aug.)
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Mindy Sherman either has the neighbor from hell, or is the neighbor from hell, depending which side of the Lexus-lined driveway you’re on. While her image-conscious, nutrition-obsessed, high-maintenance neighbor Beth fails to appreciate the intricacies of carpooling, purse parties, and other niceties of life in suburban Long Island, fashion-challenged, grooming-beleaguered Mindy scarfs fast food, juggles credit cards, and lives in stained sweatshirts. Their polar-opposite approaches to life keep Mindy and Beth from being neighborly, much less friendly, until evidence of Beth’s marital difficulties are broadcast on the Internet, and her high-powered executive husband abandons her. Desperate times make for strange bedfellows, forcing a reluctant Beth to rely on Mindy’s down-to-earth practicality and supermom efficiency. As each woman faces an escalating series of family crises, a white-knuckle, life-or-death emergency brings the true meaning of friendship home in unexpected ways. Through a winning blend of hip and humble humor, Rosenberg simultaneously skewers and celebrates the institution of suburban sisterhood. --Carol Haggas
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Although primarily Mindy's story, this is the tale of Mindy and Beth. Beth is THE neighbor from hell, a first-class beyotch, who puts on the perfect routine and is so mean to everyone--particularly the big-hearted Mindy--she's easy to loathe. Mindy and Beth are thrown together through a variety of circumstances and their relationship as frenemies develops in unexpected and amusing ways. Every secondary character no matter how important or trivial to the story is beautifully developed and makes this quick read highly enjoyable.
Be prepared to experience the culture of modern Jewish families. You'll hunger for a New York bagel and smile at the expressions: "It's never the stuff you worry about that happens, it's the stuff you don't see coming that incapacitates you like a Taser. And nothing like five-thousand volts of electricity to get your undivided attention."
I had to agree with Mindy's stepson, Aaron, when he proclaims: "I like being Jewish. You guys really know how to party." To which Mindy, ever the wit, replies: "Next to suffering, it's what we do best."
Very well done. I look forward to reading Saralee Rosenberg's other books--including one mentioned in this story, Claire Voyant--particularly when I feel the need to smile.
Michele Cozzens is the author of It's Not Your Mother's Bridge Club.
I even wrote to the author (who graciously responded) that I was positive that she had been on the same ship that I was when my parents took our entire family on a 4 day, 3 night cruise a few years ago. The similarities were spot on. Obviously, what happened on my 4 days in hell were pretty common when the parents are footing the bill.
Although I very much enjoyed the Jewish references, you don't have to be Jewish to enjoy this story - it could just as easily have been set in an upper class neighborhood in deep Texas with the same two types of neighbors.
I've ordered Saralee Rosenberg's other 3 books since my library didn't carry them (their loss). I definitely look forward to keeping her novels on my "read more than once" shelf.
You can read this book in a day or two - it's worth the time, even around the holidays.
I used to be an avid reader as a child/teenager and have difficulty finding books that I enjoy as an adult.
The book started out with an interesting unveiling of characters and what seemed to be a good storyline.
However, as the chapters played out, it felt as if new scenarios and characters were added solely to stretch the story out.
The book ending felt abrupt and didn't bring me a 'closure' feeling that I normally feel when I reach the "end" of a book.
I put it down several times and tried to allow myself to get into it and couldn't. It's not the best read I've ever had and I'd recommend borrowing this one; not buying.
Saralee I want more before I finish , "A little help from Above"!!!!