READING: Thelma Adams - "Playdate"

Event date: 
Saturday, January 29, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
Oblong Books & Music
6422 Montgomery Street
12572 Rhinebeck

This event will be held at our Rhinebeck store.

Thelma Adams, Photo by Marion Ettlinger“Absolutely high-larious. Playdate totally captures the zeitgeist; boredom, yoga, marital infidelity.  The characters are typically American, yet their story is French farce at its best.  You will howl, and cringe with recognition.”
--Martha Frankel, author of Hats & Eyeglasses

Chronogram Magazine Reviews Playdate!

Inside their picture-perfect homes, the residents of a quiet California suburb are not at all what they seem.  Lance is a former weatherman, now a buff yogi, stay-at-home dad, and manager of his daughter’s Girl Scout troop’s cookie distribution.  Belle is his precocious and quick-witted daughter.  Darlene is a classic Type A workaholic and has little time or patience for the needs of her husband and daughter.

Just down the street are Alec and Wren.  Alec, a womanizing businessman, is also the financial backer—and sometimes more—behind Darlene’s burgeoning empire.  Meanwhile, Wren is a doting mother and talented yogi, ready to lay down the mat for a quick session with Lance.

As looming Santa Ana winds threaten to turn brushfires into catastrophe, Playdate proves that relationships are complicated and the bonds between families, spouses, and children are never quite what they seem.  What happens next door, beyond the hedges, in the romper room and executive office—it’s all as combustible as a quick brushfire on a windy day. 

Thelma Adams has been Us Weekly’s film critic since 2000; after six years reviewing at the New York Post.  She has written for Marie Claire, The New York Times, Cosmopolitan and Self.  She lives in New York with her family.

Author photo by Marion Ettlinger.

Playdate Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312656669
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Thomas Dunne Books - January 18th, 2011