Picks and Pans Review: Swapping Lives

updated 07/03/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/03/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Jane Green

An English journalist turned Connecticut writer and mom, the author of eight novels no doubt drew on experience here: Her protagonist, Vicky, is a single editor at a London magazine who wonders what life would be like if she were married with kids. So she decides to swap identities with a suburban American named Amber—whose life seems straight out of Desperate Housewives—and write an article about it. Green's writing is deliciously witty and her heroines authentic, complete with blazing insecurities about their chosen paths. The plot is a bit pat (surprise—Amber realizes she misses working), but all in all this is a charming book that demands, "Read me in one sitting!"

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