Saturday, February 13, 2010
Prospect Park West, by Amy Sohn
Yet another New York lives-of-people-in-search-of-in-love-with-looking-for-real-estate book. While this one didn't focus solely on a group of people living in the same building, even the cover is ridiculously reminiscent of Paula Froelich's Mercury in Retrograde- must all New York books look the same?
But here, of course, the difference (and main character) is Brooklyn. Brooklyn, and how special it is. Brooklyn, and how superior the parents are. Lots of pokes at things like Park Slope parent blogs, and Gawker, Maggie Gyllenhaal, etc are namechecked on every page. The main characters are well written, and aside from psycho Karen, pretty believable- it is exactly what it looks like- a smug and competent novel looking in the windows of the chosen, the hardworking, and the lucky.