Behind every closed door is an open secret …

The Bloom, Porter, Horton and the Carter-Gillespie families are all in on it, but it’s affecting them in quite different ways. In OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSES (BerkleyTrade), Abbi Waxmann, captures the hilarious havoc, one affair wreaks on an upper middle-class LA neighborhood. We have the dog hating French lady, cranky old woman who scares the kids, the house that the cops once showed up at and a brilliantly cast of  humorous characters.

“Seven children, the genetic arsenal of four families. One big crash and the entire neighborhood would have had funeral scheduling problems.”

For Frances Bloom, driver-in-residence of the carpool, school drop-off is a chaotic, if not predictable affair. Until one of Frances’s steely-eyed kindergarten charges sends her to retrieve forgotten school supplies. That’s when Frances stumbles on her friend Anne Porter— perfect Anne—having a 9:00 am quickie with a younger man, who is definitely not her husband.

The affair exposes, to comedic effect, dormant insecurities, neuroses, and strife in the
neighborhood. As the carpool line-up unravels one gossip session at a time, the novel alternates between the perspectives of the four families involved: the down-to-earth, level-headed Blooms; the seemingly perfect Porters; the eccentric lesbian couple Sara and Iris; and the mysterious Hortons, hiding a sad secret.

Pitch-perfect, rapid-fire dialogue, capturing how the chaotic aftermath of the affair plays out across the block behind closed doors, in scenarios alternately tender and completely preposterous.

ONTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSES will have you laugh, perhaps, pee your panties. I loved the biting British satire of OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSES. You know there’s always something going on in your neighborhood that everyone is talking about. Let’s face it, they’re probably laughing, too. There’s a little bit of voyeur in all of us!



Abbi Waxman was born in England in 1970, the oldest child of two copywriters who never should have been together in the first place. Once her father ran off to buy cigarettes and never came back, her mother began a highly successful career writing crime fiction. She encouraged Abbi and her sister Emily to read anything and everything they could pull down from the shelves, and they did. Naturally lazy and disinclined to dress up, Abbi went into advertising, working as a copywriter and then a creative director at various advertising agencies in London and New York. Clients ranged from big and traditional, (AT&T, Chase Manhattan Bank, IBM, American Express, Unilever, Mercedes-Benz) to big and morally corrupt (R. J. Reynolds) to big and larcenous (Enron). Eventually she quit advertising, had three kids and started writing books, TV shows and screenplays, largely in order to get a moment’s peace.

Abbi lives in Los Angeles with her husband, three kids, three dogs, three cats, a gecko, two mice and six chickens. Every one of these additions made sense at the time, it’s only in retrospect that it seems foolhardy.

Feel free to drop her a line, she readily welcomes any excuse to stop working and do something else.


Thanks to Berkley Trade, we have one copy of OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSES to giveaway. Just tell us about some gossipy news happening in your neighborhood.

We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck!



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30 thoughts on “OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSES by Abbi Waxman & GIVEAWAY

  1. there is a person on our street who is cheating on their spouse. thank goodness i don’t know this family well enough to feel “involved”.

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  2. I live in a pretty quiet area. In the winter everyone hibernates so no gossip recently! But the talk will pick up soon when spring gets here! (If it ever does!)

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  3. I live outside of town, not really in a neighborhood and my sister and her family are our closest neighbors so there’s not really any gossip to tell.lol This book sounds really good though & I’d love to read it!

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  4. I have close neighbors but we all keep to ourselves. We speak when outside doing snow removal and yard work but don’t tend to gossip about each other. We all try to be really good neighbors to each other.

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  5. on one particular street, three houses were put up for sale. turns out they are all getting divorced. wives are all friends and part of a secret book club. Must have been a spicy book club . . . .

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  6. Gossipy news? Hmmm. My neighbor next door is having a party. Her husband has put posts around the front yard to string lights on. He says that he is doing 90 percent of the work. LOL Poor guy.

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  7. We live in a quiet neighborhood, but it was rumored the police are watching a house up the street, suspecting a meth lab. They have been making rounds more often lately!

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  8. Not much going on in my neighborhood. At one house the residents do go in and out a lot of times in a day – every day. Do they forget to pick up items at grocery and go back and forth? I live on dead end street. I really want to read this book. Thanks.

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  9. Oh dear, I’ve been on vacation for the past week so I don’t know any juicy gossip! I’m going for a massage tomorrow morning and I’ll know much more after I’m done! lol

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  10. This sounds like a delightfully humorous book! Hmm, gossipy happenings here–well, people’s darn kids leave their stuff outside and it’s an utter scandal!

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  11. We live on a busy street but our neighbors are very quiet, and keep to themselves, so no gossip around here! Maybe that’s why I like to read so many of this kind of book…..

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  12. We live in a great neighborhood and are friends with our neighbors but not in going out together except for lunch or dinner once in awhile. We talk about two other neighbors once in awhile. I so want to read this book.

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  13. my neighborhood isn’t very gossipy either, pretty good people all around us. maybe they gossip about us???? who knows. Looking forward to reading this book!


  14. Nothing juicy going on in my neighborhood! (That I’m aware of!) I live in a great neighborhood, with friendly neighbors, thank goodness!


  15. The renral house beside us has had a pastor that was convicted of embezzlement and then a “family” moved in that turned out to be money counterfeiters !


  16. Just moved into new neighborhood don’t know it too well yet. Seems quite so far. Lots of barking dogs, stray cats, a few weird people that stare when you drive by.


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