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Emily has a tendency to live with one foot out the door. For her, the best thing about a family crisis is the excuse to cut and run. When her mother dramatically announces they've found a lump, Emily gladly takes a rain check on life to be by her mother's side, leaving behind her career, her boyfriend, and those pesky, unanswerable questions about who she is and what she's doing with her life.

But back in her childhood bedroom, Emily realizes that she hasn't run fast or far enough. One evening, while her mother calls everyone in her Rolodex to brief them on her medical crisis and schedule a farewell martini, Emily opens the door, quite literally, to find her past staring her in the face. How do you forge a relationship with the father who left when you were five years old? As Emily attempts to find balance on the emotional seesaw of her life, with the help of two hopeful suitors and her Park Avenue Princess sister, she takes a no-risk job as a receptionist at her father's law firm and slowly gets to know the man she once pretended was dead.

From the brainy, breezy writer who "writes like a professional comic" (The Onion) and is "hard to stop reading once you start" (USA Today) comes a laugh-out-loud tale that confirms you can recover from your parents, the bad habit of missed opportunities, and men who romance you with meat. When opportunity knocks, it's time to stop running and start living.

Review:

"When her mother is diagnosed with cancer, New Yorker Emily Rhode ditches her too-perfect boyfriend and far from perfect legal career to become her mother's primary caregiver. At the same time, she reconciles with her estranged father, who left when she was five. When he offers her a job as a receptionist at his law firm, complete with Friday martini lunch dates and father-daughter cab rides to work, Emily agrees, and jokey family bonding follows as mom skates through treatment and dad proves to be more of a teddy bear than an iceman. Davis, author of Girls' Poker Night and a former writer for The Late Show with David Letterman, loads the narrative with one-liner asides and funny riffs (there's a particularly good bit about espresso machines), though she's less adept at sizing up Emily's inner turmoil, notably her fear of committing to smart, patient and loving boyfriend Sam. Though soft-focused (taking care of cancer-stricken mom mostly consists of watching TV and playing board games), Davis's book leavens regret and tragedy with a light-handed wit." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Emily Rhode is 30. She's attractive and lives in happenin' New York. Her father left when she was 5 years old, she's hardly seen him for 25 years, but he'll soon turn up in this story. Her mother is needy, manipulative, lonely, shallow and narcissistic. Her sister, Marjorie, is shallow and narcissistic, married, expecting a baby and so willfully incompetent that she hires someone to buy all her clothes.... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

From the author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Girls' Poker Night" comesthe hilarious yet poignant story of a woman trying to resist the urge to livewith one foot constantly out the door.

About the Author

Jill A. Davis was a writer for Late Show with David Letterman, where she received five Emmy nominations. She has also written several television pilots and movie screenplays in addition to short stories. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

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carolinecurry, February 6, 2008 (view all comments by carolinecurry)
"Ask Again Later" is a fun, thoughtful novel about a 30-something year old woman, idiosyncrasies and all, and her relationships with her family, work, and friends. The story takes place in New York City, and the characters are interesting and familiar with a twist. What I like most are the hilarious scenes where the author so articulately points out the irony and humor in situations I have subconsciously noticed, but never paid attention to or put words to in the past. Ms. Davis has brilliant insights into people and is great at pointing out subtle absurdities in our everyday life while telling a captivating story. "Girls' Poker Night" was also terrific; I can't wait for her next book.
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Jennifer Kulman, May 7, 2007 (view all comments by Jennifer Kulman)
Jill Davis also wrote "Girls' Poker Night" which I thought was hilarious. This book just didn't have the same edge. It was a decent storyline, but just didn't have the same sarcastic wit.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060875961
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Davis, Jill A
Author:
Davis, Jill A.
Author:
by Jill A. Davis
Publisher:
Ecco
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fathers and daughters
Subject:
Adult children of divorced parents
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20070220
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.60x5.78x.94 in. .91 lbs.

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Product details 256 pages Ecco - English 9780060875961 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "When her mother is diagnosed with cancer, New Yorker Emily Rhode ditches her too-perfect boyfriend and far from perfect legal career to become her mother's primary caregiver. At the same time, she reconciles with her estranged father, who left when she was five. When he offers her a job as a receptionist at his law firm, complete with Friday martini lunch dates and father-daughter cab rides to work, Emily agrees, and jokey family bonding follows as mom skates through treatment and dad proves to be more of a teddy bear than an iceman. Davis, author of Girls' Poker Night and a former writer for The Late Show with David Letterman, loads the narrative with one-liner asides and funny riffs (there's a particularly good bit about espresso machines), though she's less adept at sizing up Emily's inner turmoil, notably her fear of committing to smart, patient and loving boyfriend Sam. Though soft-focused (taking care of cancer-stricken mom mostly consists of watching TV and playing board games), Davis's book leavens regret and tragedy with a light-handed wit." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , From the author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Girls' Poker Night" comesthe hilarious yet poignant story of a woman trying to resist the urge to livewith one foot constantly out the door.
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