The Mother Daughter Show

December 21st, 2011

It happened again. In spite of not posting on this site for months at a time, I got sent another book to review for the blog. I can’t really comprehend this, but who am I to turn down a free book? The only problem is that once the book arrives, I have to actually sit down and read it and that was not as easy as it may sound. I took a few classes at a local university this Fall and was kept very busy reading material for my assignments. In my downtime, I found that instead of reading books, I desperately needed to watch back to back episodes of Inspector Lewis… primarily so I could look at this guy for long periods of time…

Laurence Fox who plays the world’s most laconic detective sidekick – James Hathaway.

An actor that is so long and lanky, I think I could fold him up like a road map and place him in my glove box.

But none of this helps me to tell you about the book I was sent to review on my blog does it?

The Mother Daughter Show by Natalie Wexler.

Similar to the last book I was sent to review, this book is not something that I would have ever chosen to read on my own. It’s way too regular.  Reading it reminded me of all those eighties evening soap operas like Knott’s Landing and Thirty Something. The story revolves around three women who have daughters who are seniors and about to graduate from a prep school in D.C. remarkably like Sidwell, the private Quaker school that Obama’s daughters attend. I kind of wish the book had been more about the school and less about the moms who all seem to be struggling with their own version of a midlife crisis in the form of either re-entering the workforce or marriage infidelity or overbearingitis. Their aim? To produce an end of the year graduation show for their daughters starring themselves and all the other senior moms. The show has to be written, choreographed and directed and all while the three organizers grapple with daughter drama  and their own fading dreams (or something like that).

There were parts of the book I enjoyed and at one point I really did want to know what was going to happen to one of the characters, but ultimately this book reads like a script for The Real Housewives of Washington D.C. Wealthy white women vying for power in an insulated environment that very few people even know exists much less care about.

It wasn’t a bad book – just not really my cup o’ tea.

They can’t all be you know.

Speaking of tea…

It goes quite nicely with back to back episodes of Inspector Lewis.


  • Hi Rechelle!
    Nice to see you back. :) Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.
    All the best,

  • Priss:

    What classes did you take? Are you enjoying being back in school?

    • Rechelle:

      I started out taking three classes – but ended up with only one and it was a class called Literary Criticism. I did enjoy the semester once I pared things down to a manageable amount, but will probably not go back.

  • lori:

    I’ve missedcha!
    Glad you are back.
    Hope you stay awhile……..

  • Kait:

    I will go back and read the rest but I was panting over Mr. Fox. I love that guy. He is the best reason for watching Inspector Lewis (who in my opinion is becoming almost as grumpy as Inspector Morris).

  • Kait:

    Well that book is assuredly not something I would have purchased either. Have you read The Night Circus? Every time I am in the bookstore I am very tempted to buy it. So far, no go.

  • Kait:

    I also have to add, they obviously never read your website, or they would have KNOWN you would not be interested in that book.

  • Carol Kufeldt:

    I am just glad to have you back and to know that everything is ok in your world. I read “The Night Circus” this summer and LOVED it. Great sense of place, great characters and interesting plot. If you liked The Magicians you’d probably like this too. The author wrote it as a result of participating in Novel Writing November (or whatever it’s called) which I found kind of intriguing.

    • Kait:

      Thanks very much for your opinion. I think I am going to get it. :)
      I checked out the author’s website and will have to spend more time there when I can. Promises to be interesting.

  • AmeliaJake:

    Once upon a time, I spent hours glued to the TV watching Edward & Mrs. Simpson, starring Laurence’s uncle, Edward Fox. I still catch myself singing quietly part of the theme song: I danced with a man, who danced with a girl, who danced with the Prince of Wales.

  • km:

    Hi there, Glad I stopped in.
    I whiled away a ton of time watching Black Books with Dylan Moran. I love his standup. The series is fun. Sometimes really good and sometimes meh.