Author: Abbi Waxman

Publication Date: April 3, 2018

Rating: 4 out of 5.


Other People’s Houses is a very enjoyable read. It is lighthearted and humorous while discussing serious family issues.

Frances seems to know everyone’s secrets. Frances goes to Anne’s house to pick something up and walks in on her neighbor, Anne, having an affair.  Anne tries to stay out of it, but everyone in the neighborhood is talking about it. Frances has more information than everyone else. What will Frances do? What about Anne? Another character is hiding from her partner she wants to have another baby. Another neighbor’s wife hasn’t been home for a while with the neighbors not knowing where she is or what is going on.

Other People’s Houses really grabbed my attention from the first page. I love Abbi Waxman’s writing style. Waxman manages to turn serious family issues into a lighthearted and humorous read.  There is so much family drama that really keeps this story interesting.

Waxman does a great job developing characters.  All of the characters have unique personalities.  Other People’s Houses has many different storylines, but the characters interact with each other so often the stories are always interconnected.

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 listened to the audiobook and Saskia Maarleveld did a great job.

I recommend Other People’s Houses to all fans of Abbi Waxman or that like lighthearted books about serious issues.  To anyone that hasn’t read Abbi Waxman, I highly recommend her books. All the ones I have read I’ve loved.

about the author

Abbi Waxman was born in England in 1970, the oldest child of two copywriters who never should have been together in the first place. Once her father ran off to buy cigarettes and never came back, her mother began a highly successful career writing crime fiction. She encouraged Abbi and her sister Emily to read anything and everything they could pull down from the shelves, and they did. Naturally lazy and disinclined to dress up, Abbi went into advertising, working as a copywriter and then a creative director at various advertising agencies in London and New York. Clients ranged from big and traditional, (AT&T, Chase Manhattan Bank, IBM, American Express, Unilever, Mercedes-Benz) to big and morally corrupt (R. J. Reynolds) to big and larcenous (Enron). Eventually she quit advertising, had three kids and started writing books, TV shows and screenplays, largely in order to get a moment’s peace.

Abbi lives in Los Angeles with her husband, three kids, three dogs, three cats, a gecko, two mice and six chickens. Every one of these additions made sense at the time, it’s only in retrospect that it seems foolhardy.

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9 thoughts on “Book Review: Other People’s Houses

  1. I hardly ever read books (and usually only self help), but picked this up at the airport to read on the plane. I liked it. Do you have some suggestions for other books like this that I might enjoy?


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