You are about to discover that living in the suburbs is a
whole lot funnier than you ever thought possible. For this country’s
145,892,494 (give or take) suburbanites, Mark Falanga is an utterly deadpan
(and thoroughly entertaining) spokesman.
Mark Falanga is a slick urban dweller, at the top of his
game professionally, with a gorgeous corporate executive wife and a hip coterie
in the coolest neighborhood in the city. But when baby makes three, Mark and
his family enter the twilight zone called the suburbs, where public schools are
good, many wives stay home, and children ride their tricycles in the driveway.
Nothing is the same ever again.
With the dry wit of David Sedaris, and Dave Barry’s love of
the absurd, Falanga details his new, suburban landscape from the point of view
of a bewildered but gung-ho everyman. From the complex political pecking order
in the neighborhood, with its ultracompetitive block parties and its consuming
holiday-card rivalry, to the surprises lurking on every corner—such as the
twelve-year-old pyromaniac next door and the suspiciously broad-shouldered
“lady” on the commuter train—The Suburban You describes in slyly
understated prose the vicissitudes of life in the ’burbs.
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