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Parallel Play: A Novel

2.67 of 5 stars 2.67  ·  rating details  ·  45 ratings  ·  10 reviews
She’s still not quite sure how it happened. The biological part is fairly straightforward. It’s the wife-and-mother part that Eve can’t wrap her head around. Much to her surprise, Eve finds herself living in Brooklyn, married to a doctor named Harvey, and toting a young infant named Ann. How did she get here? And where is that maternal instinct that was supposed to have ki...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 9th 2007 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published 2007)
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An entertaining conclusion to the Colony Girl trilogy. Eve is now married, has a little girl, and wonders why she isn't feeling the maternal instincts she thinks everyone else is born with kick in. Her marriage is floundering, she can't seem to connect to the other mothers and young women her age, and on top of everything else, her daughter, Ann, is colicky. In typical fashion for Eve, (just Eve, no last names in the Bible) she just goes through the motions, hoping something will click, or her p...more
I'm really now sure if I was supposed to like her. I have t read any other the books in this trilogy so I had no background on the character. As a new mom her descriptions of how she felt made her seems like she didn't want to be a mother even during her more tender moments. I had a hard time connecting with her and thus didn't find her story too appealing.
Realizing that this was apparently part of a series and that my review may be tainted by the fact that I was unaware of that and therefore had not read the previous books, I still feel like something was lacking in the characterization of Eve. To a certain extent, the floaty quality of the writing and the story were nice in that they made the post-partum issues she was dealing with more real. In another way, they kept me from being too attached to the story (because Eve was so detached). I also...more

"As a whole, Parallel Play's appeal lies in its bold decision to depict motherhood as something that can be scary, something that doesn't come naturally to everyone (at least not right away) and something that doesn't simply turn off one's connection to their past desires. Eve's persona may seem a little contrived, but her timid steps into motherhood (sometimes hilarious, sometimes unnerving) read as very real indeed."
Jane Calvin
Oct 07, 2008 Jane Calvin rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
I committed perhaps the pentultimate sin with this book: I threw it in a trash can. (Not before finishing it, of course. As if my obsessive brain would allow a thing like that!) The main character was so insipid and the writing was so disjointed and nonsensical that I felt I couldn't chance anyone else actually reading it. Please do not bother with this book.
I had no idea at the time that there were other books that went with this one. I did have the feeling that I was missing something here. If you grab this one on a whim, as I did, know that there are others: Colony Girl and Eve in the City. It'd probably be easier for me to evaluate them as a whole after seeing how this one fit into the overall storyline.
I had a hard time stopping myself from reading this book. I felt through Eve the feeling of not being sure of whether or not she wanted to be a mother. I watched her as she was afraid to bond with both her husband and her baby. I liked it because she was human, she had mixed emotions, but wasn't a perfect woman or an awful one either.
unlikable main character. I kept reading in the hopes that she would redeem herself, but no such luck. Yuck!
Another book about post partum depression, but interesting, and different enough, well written.
Oct 13, 2009 Reenie added it
Ok book. MC is woman, but author is man-didn't quite get it right.
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