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1st Floor FICTION/Sohn Amy Due Nov 26, 2021
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Published
New York : Simon & Schuster 2012.
Edition
1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
Language
English
Physical Description
341 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN
9781439158494
1439158495
Main Author
Amy Sohn, 1973- (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Although the title is Motherland, don't expect Sohn's latest exploration of the lives of privileged Brooklynites to reveal any child-rearing secrets. In fact, the couples who populate these pages would all benefit from a good dose of parenting skills. Danny Gottlieb has forsaken his family to score a movie deal in Hollywood. Rebecca Rose's dark secret regarding her son's paternity is lost on her pothead husband, Theo, who is more concerned with his new career as a drug dealer. Marco Goldstein turns to alcohol and anonymous sex to forget his overwhelming child-care responsibilities and his distant husband. Newly divorced Karen Shapiro falls in love with an ex-con and opens an illegal massage business in her living room. Finally, there is Melora Leigh, an aging movie star who hopes to reignite her sagging career on Broadway, despite her penchant for appearing in the tabloids. Sohn is clearly culturally savvy, and her dialogue is often witty and at times spot-on. But her reliance on graphic sexual descriptions to illuminate her characters' behavior does little to enhance them and grows tiresome. Also overdone are her repeated references to the Jewishness of her characters, an excessiveness that comes off as derogatory. A quick turn of phrase is not enough to redeem this Park Slope, which is devoid of a moral compass and without the population to keep it on course. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Picking up where Prospect Park West leaves off, Sohn takes her readers back to the never-ending intrigue and drama in Park Slope, a section of Brooklyn where wealthy folks take parenting to an entirely new level. Movie star Melora Leigh is starring in a soon-to-open Broadway play. Will it rise above all the fighting with her director and be a hit, or will it bomb? Melora's ex, gorgeous Aussie actor/director Stuart, reprises his affair with Rebecca. Should she leave her boring but steady husband for him? Gottlieb is about to make it big in L.A.—his film treatment is making sparks there—but he can't seem to stop cheating on his wife in sunny California. And gay couple Marco and Todd have too many problems. They adopt a second child against Marco's wishes, which drives him to have a string of mindless hookups and fall off the wagon. There's so much cheating and wrongdoing here, it's like a superfun Brooklyn Desperate Housewives with erudite characters. And at the core, the threads of parenting weave through the story, connecting the characters via their children. VERDICT This book is impossible to put down and well written—your heart will be in Brooklyn with this flawed but fascinating cast. [See Prepub Alert, 2/20/12.]—Beth Gibbs, Davidson, NC [Page 75]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In her latest satirical saga, Sohn records the crises and transgressions of privileged moms and dads spread across Cape Cod, Greenwich Village, and Park Slope, Brooklyn. She introduces a cast of unpalatable characters, including some from 2009's Prospect Park West, who gossip about money and sex and everything that comes with the territory of "Motherland. The land of child rearing, and nurturing, and nonstop care." But Sohn's parents have had enough and want some attention for themselves. Gay dad Marco Goldstein's husband is out of town, so he finds solace in sex with random men. Rebecca Rose's hubby is a distant pot-head, so she considers reconnecting with an old celebrity fling. Danny Gottleib flees his family for L.A. to snag a film deal, while his wife gets her toes sucked by a masseur. Film star Melora Leigh struggles to reinvent herself on stage, and Karen Bryan Shapiro, whose husband left her for a Puerto Rican transsexual, falls for an ex-con. Motherland is a wasteland ruled by indulgent women, and the lack of redemptive artfulness in Sohn's storytelling makes the book a bust. Agent: Daniel Greenberg, Levine Greenberg. (Aug.) [Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Struggling with personal and professional challenges in the weeks before Labor Day, five sets of parents find their relationships changing in the face of influences ranging from Hollywood job opportunities and celebrity exes to extramarital affairs and abandonments. By the author of Prospect Park West. 50,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Rebecca Rose, whose husband has been acting aloof, is tempted by the attentions of a former celebrity flame; Marco Goldstein, saddled with two kids when his husband, Todd, is away on business, turns to anonymous sex for comfort; Danny Gottlieb, a screenwriter on the cusp of a big break, leaves his wife and children to pitch a film (and meet young women) in Los Angeles; fallen sanctimommy Karen Bryan Shapiro, devastated by her husband's infidelity and abandonment, attempts a fresh start with a hot singledad; and former A-list actress Melora Leigh plots a star turn on Broadway to revive her Hollywood career. As their stories intersect in surprising ways and their deceptions spiral out of control, they begin to question their beliefs about family, happiness, and themselves"--Jacket.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Struggling with personal and professional challenges in the weeks before Labor Day, five sets of parents find their relationships changing in the face of influences ranging from Hollywood job opportunities and celebrity exes to extramarital affairs and abandonments.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

In her trademark blend of social satire and sexy drama, New York Times bestselling author Amy Sohn delivers a candid, unsentimental look at modern marriage.With her trademark blend of “social satire, interpersonal drama, and urban glamour” (The New York Times), Amy Sohn delivers a candid, unsentimental look at modern marriage. In her acclaimed novels, Amy Sohn has beguiled us with her pinpoint observations of how we live and love, giving voice to our innermost thoughts and everyday anxieties. Now, in Motherland, her most diverting book to date, she introduces us to five mothers and fathers in Cape Cod, Park Slope, and Greenwich Village who find themselves adrift professionally and personally. Rebecca Rose, whose husband has been acting aloof, is tempted by the attentions of a former celebrity f lame; Marco Goldstein, saddled with two kids when his husband, Todd, is away on business, turns to anonymous sex for comfort; Danny Gottlieb, a screenwriter on the cusp of a big break, leaves his wife and children to pitch a film (and meet young women) in Los Angeles; fallen sanctimommy Karen Bryan Shapiro, devastated by her husband’s infidelity and abandonment, attempts a fresh start with a hot single dad; and former A-list actress Melora Leigh plots a star turn on Broadway to revive her Hollywood career. As their stories intersect in surprising ways and their deceptions spiral out of control, they begin to question their beliefs about family, happiness, and themselves. Equal parts moving and richly entertaining, Motherland is a fresh take on modern marriage that confirms Amy Sohn as one of our most insightful commentators on relationships and parenting in America today.