Natalie Wexler knows what it’s like to be a D.C. mom, especially when your daughter goes to an elite prep school with the President’s children. And to honor her newly published second novel, The Mother-Daughter Show, longtime philanthropist and arts-advocate Adrienne Arsht recently hosted a party for her daughter-in-law at her home. The soiree was fairly modest; celebrating with a close collection of friends of whom Arsht “wanted to share this terrific book.”
Wexler’s inspired-yet-fictional work is about Barb Atkins, a mom who’s attempting to win over her rebellious teenage daughter by participating in the school’s time-honored tradition of mothers writing and performing a show for their graduating daughters. Two other mothers, Susan Logan and Amanda Marchetti, have chosen to participate in this ultimately dangerous and catty show for some of the same reasons Barb has. But as the show takes a disastrous turn, together the three women discover the complexities, joys, and heartache of motherhood, love, and friendship.