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Prospect Park West: A Novel Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
Former New York magazine Mating columnist Sohn zeroes in on the more-fertile-than-thou crowd in Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood in her vinegary latest (after My Old Man). Like a Grand Hotel for the yuppie set, the lives of moody, angry, dissatisfied mommies intersect on the playgrounds and co-ops of their overpriced hood. Among them, Lizzie, whose lesbian proclivities mask her loneliness; Rebecca, whose libidoless spouse prefers his role as dad over husband; Karen, a social-climbing conniver; and Melora, a former Manhattanite whose psychiatric maladies are as pathetic as they are numerous. The gals in this comedy of bad manners are burned out, bitchy and beyond salvation as they maneuver to be noticed and loved. Meanwhile, there's more name-dropping than in an edition of Page Six, and while Sohn is obviously intent on skewering the annoying urban mommy stereotype, 400 pages is a stretch for material that's been blogged to death. There are moments of brutal honesty, but they're far too few to allow readers to muster an ounce of sympathy for a crew of caricatures so broadly drawn and sadly conceived. (Sept.)
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"Kate Reading strikes exactly the right note in performing this razor-sharp satire.... Her masterful performance makes this scathingly entertaining novel a must-listen on audio." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Audio Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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PS I live in Park Slope and was hoping for an honest representation of the area and people.
The main characters are written in an overwrought & shallow way that makes them completely unpleasant to read about, the name dropping gets tedious after about the 3 thousandth time, the only characters of color (Black men) are badly caricatured criminals, and Park Slope, while ripe for some good natured ribbing, comes across as a crunchy granola haven of neurotic lunatics. Who is this Amy Sohn chick & how the hell did this book get published?!
Look, I'm all for light, trashy reading. People magazine and Bossip.com are among my guilty pleasures. However, I expect my trash to be fun, witty, and well written. This book is none of those things & I was so disgusted after only a few paragraphs that I deleted it from my Kindle. Don't waste your time folks!
The schools, 51, 107, 321, BC, among others, are about the only concern of the moms that makes sense. Otherwise, many or most of the moms - and the dads - are insufferable. These neighbors deserve each other enclaved in this way, in the only village in NYC where drug-addicts and schizophrenics are still welcome, last time I checked, to open doors to ATMs.
I loved the detail and hated ALL of the characters, which is exactly what I think Sohn intended. Park Slope and Cobble Hill used to be nice places to live; now it's pretty much a mirror image of this book right down to the so-hip-it-hurts Park Slope Food Co-op, paranoid helicopter parents who get nervous if their kid isn't born speaking 4 languages and has an Ivy League pre-approval, and the real estate worship (note: I live in Queens now for a reason). You want to reach into the pages, tell each and every figure that they're self-absorbed wastes of skin, and yet you can't put it down.
If you live in NYC and want a laugh/cry experience, pick up this book. It's so true to life that if you fled the area a long time ago, this book will make you glad that you DID.