All Maddy Freed has ever wanted is to act. When the indie film she made wins her a special acting prize, she's thrilled but doesn't yet understand how much it will change her life. Then she catches the eye of Bridget Ostrow, a legendary talent manager whose biggest client is Hollywood heartthrob Steven Weller. Before Maddy knows it, her career has shifted onto the express track.
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.
When Laura Vikmanis, a single mom in Ohio, told friends that she wanted to be an NFL cheerleader, they said it would never happen. But she proved them all wrong. When she finally got the courage to leave her husband and to ask herself something she had never asked before: What do I want to do? When the woman in her dance classsuggested that Laura audition to be a "Ben-Gal", Laura laughed her off but soon realized that the audition process could be a way of healing herself - and regaining her confidence.
In the park, the coffee shops, and the playgrounds of Park Slope, four women's lives collide one long, hot Brooklyn summer. From the perennially hot author and columnist Amy Sohn comes a smart, sexy, satirical peek into the bedrooms and hearts of Prospect Park West.