The Playgroup

A Novel

Nelsie Spencer

St. Martin's Press

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Before she signed up for the mommy role, Ellie Fuller was a stand-up comic, a good best friend, and on her way to substantial success in the TV world. Then good-looking Peter came along, and she was quick to succumb. Marriage redefined her personal landscape with a vengeance, and with what now seems like super speed, she's become a constantly nursing, sleep-deprived, double-stroller pushing mother of two on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Ellie loves her life. Doesn't she?

She's about to find out.

Day One of pre-school for her daughter, Ahnika. As Ellie gathers with the other moms on the stately steps of Park Avenue Playgroup, she meets ice princess Missy Hanover. Missy is tall. Missy is tan. Missy is the kind of woman who looks gorgeous even in running clothes. And, to Ellie's surprise, Missy looks vaguely familiar. They must have met before. But where?
Missy decides that she and Ellie should be friends-close friends. As the school year progresses, Ellie finds herself pulled deeper, sometimes unwillingly, into Missy's Upper East Side world.

From the rarefied, moneyed land of Hermes scarves and elaborate birthday parties for three year-olds, into the hidden reaches of a married woman's mind and the secrets of Ellie's past, The Playgroup shows what really goes on when the kids are in school.

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Advance praise for The Playgroup

"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

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Nelsie Spencer

Nelsie Spencer moved to New York from Southern California in 1979 to study acting at The Neighborhood Playhouse. Her play, My Heart Belongs to Daddy, in which she co-starred and co-wrote with Laury Marker-Sacks, was lauded by critics throughout the country. In 1998 Nelsie started getting up before dawn (while her children slept) to work on an idea she had for a book. The Playgroup is her first novel. She is currently working on her second, a coming-of-age novel set in Southern California in the early 70's. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

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The Playgroup
A Novel
Nelsie Spencer

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St. Martin's Press
December 2004
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ISBN: 9781466835382
ISBN10: 1466835389
368 pages
$7.99
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