Reading one of Jennifer Weiner's contemporary novels of manners is a bit like biting into an apple. The experience is full of flavor, more crisp than juicy, and refreshingly tart.
Partly, that's because the novels typically are narrated by a heroine who, like Weiner herself, is an acute and witty observer of social norms into which she doesn't quite fit.
Weiner's 10th novel, "All Fall Down," features Allison Weiss, who has everything she once wanted — a husband and daughter she loves, an interesting job, a stately house in the suburbs — but finds herself sliding into an addiction to prescription pain medication.
Much of the novel's pleasure is provided by the...