Nonfiction November DNF: Primates of Park Avenue

Author: Wednesday Martin

Book Blurb: When Wednesday Martin first arrives on New York City’s Upper East Side, she’s clueless about the right addresses, the right wardrobe, and the right schools, and she’s taken aback by the glamorous, sharp-elbowed mommies around her. She feels hazed and unwelcome until she begins to look at her new niche through the lens of her academic background in anthropology. As she analyzes the tribe’s mating and migration patterns, childrearing practices, fetish objects, physical adornment practices, magical purifying rituals, bonding rites, and odd realities like sex segregation, she finds it easier to fit in and even enjoy her new life. Then one day, Wednesday’s world is turned upside down, and she finds out there’s much more to the women who she’s secretly been calling Manhattan Geishas.

I got over 50% with this book before I just couldn’t do it anymore. I listened to it on audio and the narrator did a fine job, no complaints there. When this first started, this memoir was entertaining in that it felt like you were being let in on a world you had no access to. I empathized with the author on the “otherness” she felt while trying to be accepted in this ‘group’. As she began to change and conform to this new …society, I empathized less and less with each passing chapter. It felt more like a repeat of high school mean- girl dynamics and frankly, I’m too old for it.

When faced with similar real life situations, I often ask the question of myself and my friends, why are you fighting so hard to belong to a group that is like…that. In this case mean, shallow, miserable, and condescending…

I lost the desire to continue with the story, regardless of whatever epiphany the author comes to.


2 responses to “Nonfiction November DNF: Primates of Park Avenue”

  1. Very good question you ask at the end. I wish more people would ask it instead of blindly “wanting” whatever it is….

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    1. Amen. It’s a hard lesson to learn.

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