The Suburban You
Reports from the Home Front
By Mark Falanga
Broadway Books, Hardcover, 9780767918909, 256pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2004
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Mark Falanga is a slick urban dweller, at the top of his game professionally, with a gorgeous corporate executive wife and a hip coterie in the coolest neighborhood in the city. But when baby makes three, Mark and his family enter the twilight zone called the suburbs, where public schools are good, many wives stay home, and children ride their tricycles in the driveway.
Nothing is the same ever again.
With the dry wit of David Sedaris, and Dave Barry's love of the absurd, Falanga details his new, suburban landscape from the point of view of a bewildered but gung-ho everyman. From the complex political pecking order in the neighborhood, with its ultracompetitive block parties and its consuming holiday-card rivalry, to the surprises lurking on every corner--such as the twelve-year-old pyromaniac next door and the suspiciously broad-shouldered "lady" on the commuter train--"The Suburban You" describes in slyly understated prose the vicissitudes of life in the 'burbs.