Motherland

Library Journal – May 15, 2012

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