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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; 5/28/06 edition (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 (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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This was a very typical, predictable chick lit book. I liked the characters well enough, but they lacked depth. The story was predictable and fairy tale like at times. Some parts were funny. The writing was adequate, but slightly elementary. Nothing stood out about this book. On the other hand, it was mostly enjoyable. I'd recommend it with slight reservations. I had just finished reading an excellent book by Gemma Burgess when I read this one, so I may be a little harder on this one that I would have if I had just read a different book.
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Amanda's husband has left her. Now she must morph from a house wife to a woman bringing home the bacon. With the help of some new friends, Amanda finds a way to be happy while being single in suburbia.

Grab a glass a wine and curl up on your sofa with this book. It's like being with your best girlfriends as you'll die laughing at the antics of Amanda and others.
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Rather good language, but the plot........The book started promising, and I bought it after i read the sample on my Kindle, but it was a huge disappointment. When your husband has left you, and you are broke, its highly unlikeley that you disguise yourself as a french maid and start cleaning for your neigbours.........even if you got a major i drama. Save the money...and buy something else. Boring!
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Just discovered this writer and I love her style. She writes stories about women, their trials and tribulations, their friendships, how hard they will work for their families and how much they deserve a man who deserves them.
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Delightful light story. Wendy Wax created the main character with a wonderful personality, some of the one liners in the story made me burst out laughing. Main character came up with a creative way to make a living. She had two wonderful supporting friends to assist her. Highly recommend
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This is Wendy's version of real East Cobb housewives. Love the conflict resolutions and growth of the characters!Her characters and situations are something we can all relate to, whether from personal experience or friends' experiences. Must Read!
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