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3.63  ·  Rating details ·  13,543 ratings  ·  1,834 reviews
The author of The Garden of Small Beginnings returns with a hilarious and poignant new novel about four families, their neighborhood carpool, and the affair that changes everything.

At any given moment in other people's houses, you can find...repressed hopes and dreams...moments of unexpected joy...someone making love on the floor to a man who is most definitely not her hus
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Berkley
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Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman is a 2018 Berkley publication.

Blunt, but absolutely hysterical!

Frances is “that” mom- the one who helps everyone, runs the carpool, is overrun with motherly instincts, but who also earns herself the slightly sarcastic nick name of 'Saint Frances'.

But, when she inadvertently catches her neighbor, Anne Porter, in a compromising position, she is forced to contend with the fall out as she finds herself inexplicably involved. But, Anne’s affair also prompts her
Miranda Reads
May 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
3.5 stars
The Written Review
“Sometimes life is just what it is, and the best you can hope for is ice cream.”
Frances Bloom - neighborhood carpool coordinator - has long been privy to her neighbor's private lives.

But when she accidentally stumbles upon Anne Porter in the midst of a passionate affair....well...this just takes the cake.

Frances knows it's not her place to say anything but at the same time...there's no way something this big will be kept secret in their neighborhood. She ju
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Other People’s Houses is an aptly titled novel about parenthood, marriage, family, and friendship. There’s also a lot of gossip, drama, and snarkiness!

It’s hard to write a summary due to multiple POVs and plotlines, so I am just going to focus on the main ones.

Frances, or “Saint Frances” as some of the bitchy soccer moms refer to her, is the main voice of the novel. Frances runs the neighborhood carpool, happily carting off the children of three other neighbors on a daily basis to
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Other People's Houses by Abbi Waxman (Author), Saskia Maarleveld (Narrator)

Other People's Houses is brutally blunt but funny. Stay at home mom, Francis, is the fix it woman. She's the one who does the car pool for everyone, the person that is home when another parent needs something taken to the school for their kid. Always dependable, so dependable she is called Saint Francis. But Francis walks in on her married neighbor Anne, during Anne's romp on the floor with her younger lover, and finds he
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, net-galley
4.5 Wonderful and Snarky stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

From the minute I picked up this book I was sucked into the lives of these characters.... Abbi Waxman did a phenomenal job of bringing to life these characters..... they were so real, so relatable, so compelling.... as a mother of three living in Southern California, who live through the PTA,AYSO, and a teenage daughter.... I found so much of this book so relevant and laughably true.... The scene in this book at the PTA meeting where they were debating Cotill
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: women-s-fiction, arc
4.5 stars! Happy pub day to Abbi Waxman and Berkley!

I have not laughed out loud this much and this loud at a book in who knows how long. One hilarious line after another. I bow down to your comedic delivery, Ms. Abbi Waxman. She has taken some serious topics and added some light to them, well done.

I found the central character of Frances to be my favorite - she was absolutely hilarious, and I kinda wish she was a real person because I would want to be her friend. This cast of characters all had
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
4 stars! This was a fun, hilarious and highly entertaining novel!

Frances (“Saint Frances” as some of the snooty PTA and soccer moms refer to her) is the central character who is a stay-at-home mother to three children. She is also the carpool mom for four other children who live on her street (yes, you read that right, she carpools seven children to school every day!). I adored Frances from the very first page. Her character is so witty, snarky and quirky that I couldn’t help myself from laughi
OTHER PEOPLE'S HOUSES by ABBI WAXMAN was an extremely enjoyable, entertaining, and fast read that isn't like any other "neighborhood" book that I have read lately. I absolutely loved visiting this neighborhood.

It's a realistic, charming, humorous, and dramatic tale with some laugh out loud moments to lighten the mood of some of the serious topics in this book. I absolutely loved our central character here, Frances Bloom and her snarky commentary. She was relatable, interesting, and quirky. Woul
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Do we really need another neighborhood book that focuses on the domestic dramas of the people who live there? As it turns out, yes we do! Especially one as irreverent and wickedly funny as this one. The focus is on four families and told mainly from the point of view of Frances, the neighborhood’s car pool mom. She’s the woman you’d want as your best friend. Nicknamed St. Frances, she’s always ready to help anyone in need and puts everyone else’s needs above her own. She truly does have a heart
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This was fast and fun! I definitely didn't love it anywhere near as much as I loved The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, but this was a fun ride and I'm glad I finally got around to it. ...more
Diane S ☔
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Charming and so much fun, but not without it's serious side and some devastating consequences. What goes on behind the doors of the families in your neighborhood? Behind the facade of the perfect marriage, the woman who is always meticulously groomed, the one who always seems to have it all together? In this neighborhood, filled with mixed couples, all with one child or more, there is apparently much going on behind the scenes. Ones secret is soon to be exposed, and in a very big, loud, publ ...more
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
I started reading Other People's Houses on 10/23/2018 and finished it on 11/4/2018 at 1:05am. This book is an excellent read! I love it right from the first chapter. The characters' day to day life are realistic and can be relatable to many readers. I like following Frances' view. I like her "trust but verify" rule when comes to her kids. I like her blunt humorous thoughts on the weight she gains, what she eats, and the battle she goes through when she wants to have a chat with her teen daughter ...more
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I know what you're thinking... another neighborhood book?!

No.. ladies and gents what a deliciously addictive novel about a suburban neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles focusing on four families.

What more can you want from a novel?! Gossip, lies, secrets and humor ALL in one!

Let's meet our main character Frances Bloom. She is the "carpool" mom that takes all the kids to school. One morning, she accidentally walks in on one of her neighbors having an affair. Of course, the word travels like l
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I think we’ve all wondered what goes on inside our neighbor’s houses, and as the long-time car pool mother for her block, Frances Bloom knows and sees a lot of her neighbor’s secrets (sometimes much more than she wants!) Abbi Waxman’s new novel, “Other People’s Houses” takes us inside these houses and relationships, primarily through the viewpoint of Frances. She’s a wise and witty woman who frequently finds herself getting more involved with these families than she would like. Abbi Waxman knows ...more
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Do we really know what goes on behind the doors of our neighbors? Francis Bloom learns first hand when she interrupts her neighbor, Anne, having an affair. A forgotten art project leads to her bad timing and will cause a ripple effect on many lives. Francis earned her nickname “St. Francis” for being the reliable neighbor who drives everyone's children to school and she is quick to help in an emergency. After her shocking revelation, she is left to wonder if this is an isolated case or the norm ...more
Jessica | JustReadingJess
Other people's houses is a cute and refreshing read. An affair, cancer, and family issues are all discussed. Abbi Waxman does this in her typical lighthearted way. I recommend Other People's Houses.

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Sarah Joint
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brutally honest, quirky, and hilarious. This book takes you deep into the lives of several family units in one neighborhood. Often sweet, generally funny, occasionally sad, but always interesting. If you're craving some domestic drama that will make you laugh and really think about relationships, this might be for you. For a lot of readers, they'll recognize themselves in some of the characters. As I'm childfree, it was actually a nice bit of escapism for me.

It's just another day for Frances Bl
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Splendidly entertaining and endearing! I could have read a few hundred pages more of Waxman’s hilarity. Watch out Ms. Moriarty, there’s a new gal in town and she can deliver a wickedly funny narrative with plenty of neighborhood shenanigans.

This is not a review as much as a recommendation. For a good time, call Abbi Waxman!
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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I actually read this book a couple of years ago, so if you are interested in what I had to say you can find it HERE. If you know me, you know I’m not generally much of a re-reader so you’re probably wondering why an exception was made. I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of Abbi Waxman’s upcoming release I Was Told It Would Get Easier and found myself smiling from ear to ear when the mom in that book, called a mom from this book.
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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If you’re looking for a character like Madeline in Big Little Lies (but prefer to leave the dead body out of the picture) Abbi Waxman’s Other People’s Houses might be the book for you. The story here is the aftermath of what happens when one of the neighborhood wives is caught in flagrante delicto by the carpool mom. So obviously there’s some real shit to deal with, but I’m going to choose to focus on Frances . . . .

You can decide
Other People’s Houses started out as a strong read for me - It was entertaining and a lighter, humorous read, but at some point it fell off a bit. I wanted to finish the book to see how the story would play out but it lost momentum for me.

The story centers around an LA neighborhood, where Frances, a mom of 3, assumes the street’s car pool duty, which includes several children of various ages attending 3 different schools. Frances can’t help but to help everyone, it’s just in her nature. One morn
Megan Johnson
Apr 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: botm-club
As last month's Book of the Month Club pick for me, it wasn't one that was on my radar but was bumped up on my TBR list because I generally trust BOTM's picks. After reading I can say that while it was a fun, quick, and easy read, it wasn't phenomenal. It was largely forgettable and I didn't find myself needing to turn to the next chapter impatient to know what happens.

Overall, not a bad book but not one that I feel I'll be recommending or picking back up in the near future.

Should you buy it?:
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: botm
Other People's Houses is a domestically delicious drama taking place on a suburban street in Los Angeles focusing on four families. It starts off fun right away with a cast of characters and a cute drawing of the map of the neighborhood.

Frances Bloom is the "car pool mom" and narrator of the story. One morning she walks in on her neighbor in the midst of an extramarital affair. As word begins to circulate, all of the neighbors begin questioning their own relationships - adults and children.

I a
After a series of heavy reads, emotional reads, ones that tugged at my heartstrings and made me cry, I was desperately in need of a lighter read to help boost my spirits. I had Abbi Waxman’s Other People’s Houses on my list of “ARCs past publication date that I need to get to” and since I knew this author to be a humorous writer, I decided to move this book up the list. It turns out I made the right choice, as this was a fun read, one that was filled with snarky humor and realistic character ...more
Bam cooks the books ;-)
First of all, I'd like to thank Elisha Katz at Berkley Publishing Group for providing me with an arc paperback copy of this new book which will be on sale 4/3/18. This novel is a delight: witty, laugh-out-loud funny, insightful and even a little painful at times.

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind closed doors? How well do we really know other people: our neighbors, our friends, even our own spouses and children?

Frances Bloom is the carpool mom for the seven kids from four families in h
Nikki Joyce
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Four utterly hilarious stars!

Hats off to Abbi Waxman for creating an entertaining neighborhood/family drama that had me hooked from the start! Blending laugh-out-loud moments with serious life topics, Waxman provides a realistic look at the ups and downs of life and parenting. Chock-full of characters and interesting storylines, Other People’s Houses explores the lives of four families living in the same neighborhood, and it covers everything from carpool, to gossip trains, to little kid meltdo
Skyler Autumn
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars

Other People's Houses is just that a look into the houses of the people you call neighbours, you may live beside these people all your life, have duelling garage sales with them, organize carpool, your kids may even be best friends but at the end of the day are you truly aware what's going on behind closed doors. This realization couldn't be truer for Frances the local super mom and carpooler extraordinaire when she walks in on her neighbour in a precarious position with a man that i
Tamar...light at the end of the tunnel?
Other People's Houses by Abbi Waxman is a witty, funny (in parts), and interesting peer into the lives of four neighborhood couples. I laughed a lot at some of Fran's astute observations and some of the antics in her household. Her relationship with her husband, and children, is healthy and real. Two of the couples separated, one amidst a huge emotional explosion and the other under more poignant circumstances (I don't want to spoil). Much of this book rang true, parts were a bit kitsch, but the ...more
Frances Bloom, stay-at-home mother of three, is the connection between four families who live on the same block in Los Angeles. She voluntarily carpools their seven children to school each day, ranging in age from 4-to 14-years old, and often helps in other ways. They all seem to have lives that are working well from outward appearances but that notion gets destroyed when Frances walks into Anne Porter’s home and finds her in the throes of passion on the floor with someone other than her husband ...more
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
3.5 at times hysterical stars

I did enjoy this book that explored the concept of what goes on behind closed doors in neighborhoods. Although in one case the door was not so closed!

Abbie Waxman has written what at times is a hysterical and slightly irreverent tale of a neighborhood where everyone seems to know each other's business. Frances Bloom is quite the witness to the comings and goings of her neighborhood. She is the local car pool driver who takes neighborhood kids to school. She is also t
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“I don’t think she let herself go Charlie, I think she just let’s herself be. I can’t expect Frances to do all that she's done in the last twenty years including simply gaining twenty years and not look different from the twenty-five year old I feel in love with.
If she’s comfortable carrying extra weight, fair enough, if it bothers her enough she’ll change it.
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