"Riveting from start to finish. Nelsie Spencer takes you inside Ellie-a place by turns bright, funny and sharp, then dark, sharp and cutting-but always surprising, always exciting. You'll love Ellie. You'll laugh with her, worry for her, be infuriated by her, challenged by her, and time and time again be lifted by her great spirit. Reading this book is like having an entire relationship-and it's far less expensive."
- Dennis Drake, Screenwriter, Down With Love
"Nelsie Spencer has achieved something very difficult. She has written a commercial book and a smart book. Ellie is so fresh...both brazen and vulnerable and perfectly of her moment. She reminds me of Isadora Wing in Fear of Flying."
- Ellen Pall, author of Corpse de Ballet
"The Playgroup is Bridget Jones's Diary meets The Nanny Diaries for the Upper West Side mom."
- Ally Sheedy, Actor, High Art
"What a book! Once I picked up The Playgroup I didn't talk to my husband or play with my children or do any of the other dozens of things that I should've been doing until I read the very last word."
- Pamela Hogan, Documentary Filmmaker