Book Review and Blog Tour: Prospect Park West by Amy Sohn

Thursday, May 20, 2010 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
In PROSPECT PARK WEST (now in trade paperback), Amy Sohn, the New York Times bestselling author of My Old Man and Run Catch Kiss turns her satirical eye to the class—read: caste—system among that strange new species, the Brooklyn [Breeder] Bourgeois.  Think the SEX & THE CITY girls go to the Park Slope Food Co-op…

My Review
The paths of four women intersect in Prospect Park West. All four are married and all four are moms, they live in the same area, and their lives spiral out of control during one hot New York summer. They are unhappy and restless, their lives have not turned out the way they imagined or had planned. The similarities end here - these four women have very different circumstances, and deal with disaster in their own way. 

Amy Sohn's Prospect Park West is honest to a fault - unapologetic, straightforward, and satirically funny. The women's emotions are bared and we see their faces and souls with no makeup on. At times it's hard to feel sorry for them because their misfortunes are of their own making. Yet, most readers might relate to the necessity to deal with life as it happens and not as planned. 

Whether or not these women will find happiness is open to interpretation. At the end of the book, they mostly get what they deserved - not necessarily a happy ending but some non-poetic justice. It is almost Sex and the City meets Desperate Housewives in Brooklyn - an enticing read but not a happily-ever-after fairy tale.

Disclosure / Disclaimer: No monetary compensation was provided for this post. I received a complimentary copy of the book. The opinions expressed in this review are my own and may differ from yours. Book information courtesy of Simon & Schuster. 

2 comments:

  1. dor said...

    This sounds like a very interesting story. Interesting how you mentioned Sex in the City and Deparate Housewives but in a differnt area. I love those shows.

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  2. Amy said...

    Thanks for your review! In terms of the not fairy-tale ending, a sequel is in the works!
    Amy Sohn

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