JEN PRESTON, 44, is an affluent, white suburban housewife. She is joyful and warm, loves to laugh, loves a challenge, and loves having fun. People like Jen, and Jen likes people. She also likes herself. (No shrink needed here.) Jen is married to Steve, a widower 15 years her senior, who already had 2 grown children when they met.
SANDRA DOWNING (pronounced san-dra, not sahn-dra), 47, is an affluent, black suburban housewife. While she also loves to laugh, especially with partner Jen, she can be reticent and cautious around new people. Nothing gets past Sandra; she is intensely present, sharp as a tack, and the product of a fine education. She can be a bit of a diva, but she knows it, so it’s easily forgiven.