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Only Children

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Only Children is a compassionate and knowing portrait of baby boomers obsessed about how to best raise their infants. The story follows two middle-class Manhattan couples from the deliveries of their first born until their fourth birthdays. What’s exposed about the new parents’s own childhoods has as much to do with how they raise their children as the manuals and magazine...more
Mass Market Paperback, 512 pages
Published June 14th 1989 by Ballantine Books (first published 1988)
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Lee Razer
This is, I suppose, a fairly obscure 1980s novel. Yglesias, author of the wonderful "A Happy Marriage", is a terrific writer who can really drill deep down into his characters and skillfully fashion complex psychologies. In "Only Children" he wrote about two wealthy New York City couples who fit the Yuppie mold of the time. Today you might just call them wankers.

Diane, a corporate lawyer, is married to Peter, an independently wealthy arts funder. Diane intentionally becomes pregnant without clea...more
I liked it. I wasn't sure at the beginning but except for the fact that I get really annoyed at people who think that they are the only people to ever have had a baby or raise a child, I enjoyed the book. Add to that the people involved were YUPPIES and you can guess my irritation even went up more! But the writing was good and the story kept going and some of the stories of 2 year olds made me laugh!
Good character studies of yuppies in 80s manhattan raising their first children. Not up to the level of A Happy Marriage, but clearly engages you with realistic, flawed, compelling characters.
I want to read about people who are happy and funcitonal or at least moving in that direction. These parents (and one kid) drove me crazy with their proud disfunctionality.
I read this years ago and enjoyed it immensely. It's the story of two families and their experiences raising their *only children*. Unique and honest look at parenting.
Alison Petrocelli
A great read for new parents and fans of Little Children by Perrotta. Make me laugh at myself when I think of my own early behavior with my little ones.
Ayelet Waldman
Love the writer, love the book.
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Rafael Yglesias (b. 1954) is a master American storyteller whose career began with the publication of his first novel, Hide Fox, and All After, at seventeen. Through four decades Yglesias has produced numerous highly acclaimed novels, including the New York Times bestseller Fearless, which was adapted into the film starring Jeff Bridges and Rosie Perez. He lives on New York City’s Upper East Side.
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