A novel about two upper-class stay-at-home mothers—one white, one Black—living in a 'perfect' suburb that explores motherhood, friendship, and the true meaning of sisterhood amidst the backdrop of America's all-too-familiar racial reckoning.
Perfectly encapsulates middle age and its awakening ... Despite their differences, the women at the center of the story aspire to be more than wives and mothers and, despite their insecurities, have a greater vision for a more inclusive community. It is a charming tale of class, race, motherhood and relationships.
Hugely enjoyable ... Platt and Greene go beyond stereotypes to consider the nuances of the situation. Through Rebecca and her friends, the authors show how good intentions are not always enough. There are explanations for the characters' behavior: De'Andrea has been burned in cross-cultural relationships before, and Rebecca has failed to stand up for a Black friend in the past. For both characters, this is a second chance to trust, and to speak out about their convictions. Despite the serious issues it tackles, this is a fun read, reminiscent of Terry McMillan and Curtis Sittenfeld.