Motherland by Amy Sohn
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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.
 

About Amy Sohn

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Amy Sohn is the author of four novels. She has written articles and columns for New York magazine, The New York Times, The Nation, and Harper’s Bazaar, and television pilots for such networks as HBO, Fox, and ABC. Visit her at AmySohn.com.
 
Published August 14, 2012 by Simon & Schuster. 369 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Theo and Marco are good fathers, but elsewhere the children can seem patchily parented as the grown-ups flirt, kvetch, cruise via their iPhones, fall off the wagon and variously transgress in their preoccupation with personal fulfillment.

Aug 01 2012 | Read Full Review of Motherland: A Novel

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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.

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Though I read some critics’ reviews of my books, I don’t read message boards or reader reviews, just as I eventually learned to skip the letters section of the New York Press.

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A delightful, witty novel about self-absorbed, angst-ridden 30-somethings in New York.

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Book Reporter

It's the end of August, and Sohn's characters are in search of one last gasp of summer before returning to their regularly (over)scheduled lives in Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood.

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Entertainment Weekly

Motherland's intertwined narratives move along at a satisfyingly soapy clip, but its characters' perpetual misery — and Sohn's penchant for strenuously current, celebrity-saturated cultural references — eventually curdles like so much sour breast milk.

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USA Today

You have to wonder: Is Amy Sohn the most coveted dinner guest in Park Slope, or the most dreaded?With her latest novel set in the much-mocked (yet envied) yuppie neighborhood, Sohn firmly establishes herself as Brooklyn's bitchiest bard.To someone who lives in "the Slope," as I do, Sohn provides ...

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Bookmarks Magazine

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.

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Newcity Lit

Social satirist/Brooklyn mean girl Amy Sohn has returned to her cast of bougie Brownstone-dwellers with “Motherland,” the not-quite-sequel (companion?) to her 2009 best-seller “Prospect Park West.” Sohn, a former New York magazine dating-columnist and television writer, has since settled down to ...

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