Only Children

Only Children is a compassionate and knowing portrait of baby boomers obsessed about how to best raise their infants. The story follows two middle-class Manhattan couples from the deliveries of their first born until their fourth birthdays. What’s exposed about the new parents’s own childhoods has as much to do with how they raise their children as the manuals and magazine advice they piously try to follow. Weaving affection and satire into a seamless and heartfelt story, Yglesias captures the joys and stupidities of raising children during a time when they were often hilariously exaggerated.


  • Only Children is a masterly novel that juxtaposes the tender and the hollow, making the primordial point that children are our last chance

    Edna O’Brien
  • As satisfying as a long phone call with a friend. Quick, on-target, and funny.

    Washington Post Book World
  • Yglesias beautifully captures the double bind that this generation faces.The characters in Only Children find out that having it all is not easy.

    Los Angeles Times