light, domestic drama
Waxman’s newest novel centers on the daily life of four families in a tight knit, Los Angeles neighborhood. In this hectic land of carpools, backyard barbecues, and PTA meetings, hell breaks loose when stories spread about a neighbor’s extramarital affair. I did not love this book. It most definitely falls in the category of “less than awesome beach reads.” I would not go out of my way to recommend this, though it’s a solid pick if you’re in the mood for some light, domestic drama. I admit that Waxman has one very impressive skill: she writes about “normal” family routines in an impressively raw and authentic way. Most of Waxman’s positive reviewers heap praise on her genuine, unflinching descriptions of child-rearing. Other People’s Houses would have been two stars had it not been for Waxman’s ability to paint even the most dull PTA meetings and boring soccer games as hilarious displays of parental overreach.