Goodnight Nobody In the upscale, uptight town of Upchurch, Conn. (a fictional suburb that could be twinned with Stepford), every house is cookie-cutter perfect, every woman a… Goodnight Nobody In the upscale, uptight town of Upchurch, Conn. (a fictional suburb that could be twinned with Stepford), every house is cookie-cutter perfect, every woman a… 2005-09-20 Fiction Atria
Book Review

Goodnight Nobody (2005)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Sep 20, 2005; Writer: Jennifer Weiner; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Atria

In the upscale, uptight town of Upchurch, Conn. (a fictional suburb that could be twinned with Stepford), every house is cookie-cutter perfect, every woman a trim, stay-at-home supermom raising overachieving toddlers. Or that's how it seems to mother-of-three Kate Klein, a Manhattan transplant whose imperfections make her feel like the town freak. When the most formidable of these ''terrifyingly capable-looking women'' is murdered, Kate learns that she and the victim shared a common friend. Naturally, then, it's up to her to crack the case. Jennifer Weiner has a gift for creating funny, flawed heroines (see Good in Bed and In Her Shoes), but as a suspense writer, she's still finding her footing. The Desperate Housewives gimmick throws Goodnight Nobody off focus, robbing us of Weiner's typically razor-sharp originality.

Originally posted Sep 16, 2005 Published in issue #841 Sep 23, 2005 Order article reprints
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