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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (510 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Amy Sohn Narrator: Christine Marshall Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781469258096
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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 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 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Keeps you hooked—and cackling—until its surprisingly resonant final lines.”

    ELLE

  • “Sohn provides more than a soupcon of sardonic pleasure…There’s lots of sex (with everyone but spouses), illicit pot-smoking, dubious career moves, hilarious social commentary and clever twists and turns in Motherland—making it a perfect last-minute beach read before fall arrives.”

    USA Today

  • “A summer-fun novel.”

    New York Daily News

  • “Smart…A satirical swipe at the Park Slope Crowd of parents reveals promiscuity, secrets, despair and, oh yes, child care.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dgregg | 2/12/2014

    " Very fun, rather light, definitely worth a quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 2/9/2014

    " Memorable for that fact that it contained some of the most immature, selfish, reprehensible characters ever, with hardly a redeeming quality among them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 2/8/2014

    " One of those books where you don't like anyone in it and feel no sympathy when they get their just desserts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 kristy | 2/6/2014

    " Entertaining read but pretty fluffy. The namedropping and specificity of place and brands was both irritating and essential to setting the scene. In spite of being a light read, I ended up feeling pretty down by the end of the book. It's really more about struggles in marriage than about motherhood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/26/2014

    " Good lite summer read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 1/5/2014

    " I love Amy Sohn's fascinating, in-depth look at parenting in specific communities. I absolutely could not put this one down until I reached the very last page, and then I wished there was more! A great summer read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexis | 1/4/2014

    " Amy Sohn writes about a neighborhood I live close to and function in from time to time. This book was a follow up to "Prospect Park West" which, while snarky, was a page turner. "Motherland" I would have given 2 stars to for how unsatisfying the many plots were and how terrible ALL characters were. But at the same time, another star had to be added for page-turning ability and good cultural observations. Writing style: bitchy, snarky, addictive. Some of the book I just skipped over because I didn't want to go there! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 12/27/2013

    " Funny and interestingly plotted, but I liked her last book better. It seemed like she rushed through this one and the writing wasn't as sharp. There are, however, laugh-out-loud moments and, as always with Sohn, a lot of sex! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica Therivel | 12/27/2013

    " Ok, I tried, I really tried but everyone was so unlike able and I could not stand her insertion of real celebrities. Ugh. Could not spend any more time on this "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Santangelo | 12/8/2013

    " Any easy enjoyable read. Seemed pretty far fetched in parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leilah | 10/21/2013

    " Compulsively readable but a little too demented for my liking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 10/5/2013

    " Characters that interested me. Made me want to turn the pages. Tons of sex if you're into that. Everyone was cheating on someone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 4/23/2013

    " More fun and trashy than the prequel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Beth | 3/25/2013

    " I thought this might be an entertaining, mindless read. I could not get more than about 40 pages in. These characters are horrible. And not in an interesting way. The narrative is just as bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/12/2013

    " A follow-up to Prospect Park West, we again meet up with some of the same characters who are trying to navigate parenthood, marriage and careers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harmony | 2/11/2013

    " kinda strange but i liked it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nette | 1/20/2013

    " Yup, this one was just as awful and fun-to-read as I had expected! Terrible rich people messing up their lives in so many delicious ways, ridiculous plot twists, and more name-dropping than an "Us" cover story. (Jon Hamm has a surprisingly large role. I wonder how he feels about that?) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aharon | 12/25/2012

    " About 16% as much fun as it should be. "

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About the Author
Author Amy Sohn

Amy Sohn is the New York Times bestselling author of Run Catch Kiss, My Old Man, and Sex and the City: Kiss and Tell, the bestselling companion guide to television’s Sex and the City. She has been a columnist at New York magazine and has also written for the Nation, Harper’s Bazaar, the New York Times, and Playboy. She lives in Brooklyn.

About the Narrator

Christine Marshall is an actress, director, and designer living in Portland, Maine. She teaches for the Maine State Ballet and produces plays with her theater company, Mad Horse. In addition to audiobooks, she records the online version of the New Yorker.