January 19, 2011
By SUSANNAH MEADOWS
By Thelma Adams
291 pages. Thomas Dunne Books. $23.99.
Like a chick-lit version of Tom Perrotta’s “Little Children,” Ms. Adams’s debut novel chronicles the action among stay-at-home types. Lance is an unemployed weatherman who readies the cookies and milk for his 10-year-old daughter; after his wife awakens him one morning in an effort to get pregnant again, he feels like “an avocado molested by a budget shopper.” The poor guy finds comfort soon enough in the contorted tantric pose of his daughter’s friend’s mom, Wren. Although Ms. Adams — the film critic for Us magazine — ribs her characters and their Aveda Shampure-using, nacho-soy-chip-eating ways, she’s not without love for them. In the end, she even saves them from their bored, lame selves.