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ISBN13: 9781594489617
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A funny, entertaining novel of love and family for our times: a single woman who fears she's lost her chance at a family of her own, begins to accumulate an ad hoc one around her.

In the tradition of Elinor Lipman or Marisa de los Santos (Love Walked In), Flowers delivers a smart, witty, appealing story of love, family, and community that breaks the mold of the conventional love story-and will have readers cheering.

Everyone around Prudence Whistler, thirty-six, seems to be settling down. Her once single girlfriends have married and had babies. Her gay best friend is discussing marriage with his partner. Even her irresponsible younger sister, Patsy, is the single mother of a two-year-old. But when Pru panics at losing her mediocre boyfriend of two years-and begins to see the door to her traditional family life closing — she accidentally finds something even better: a new definition of family and happiness. First, it's the crazy cat who moves into her apartment. Then come Pru's headstrong sister and two-year-old niece. Then the niece's dog, the sister's ex-boyfriend, and, ultimately, Patsy and Pru's widowed mother. With the strength of her modern new household, Pru musters the confidence to open the dress shop she's always wanted in town — and discovers an extended family of sorts in the community of shop owners and devoted customers. It's only then that she ends up with the man of her dreams.

Endearing, romantic, and satisfying, Nice to Come Home To is a charming, crowd-pleasing debut.

Review:

"Though she's methodically navigated 36 years by making lists and plans, D.C. resident Prudence Whistler's carefully constructed life is about to get shaken up. She's let go from the nonprofit job that never did much to fulfill her in the first place. Then Rudy — who she's finally decided will suffice as 'The One' — condescendingly dumps her. But before she has too much time to stew, her loved ones rally 'round: catty, coupled college friends; her younger sister, Patsy, the unmarried mother of a two-year-old; and John Owen, the in-divorce-proceedings diner owner Pru first encounters while schlepping Rudy's television out to the curb. This crew's the catalyst for a series of adventures and lifestyle shakeups that has retail-addict Pru wondering whether her love for fashion could deliver more than the latest Marc Jacobs dress. And then there's the ongoing coffee klatch at John's diner that inspires the big question: is Pru in the market for 'getting-each-other-through-a-bad-time-love' with John, or is it time to stick her neck out for 'real-love love'? Readers may find Pru's early bad luck streak contrived, but as her lovable friends and neighbors spring into action, the well-written story rounds out and rolls toward a satisfying finish." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Rebecca Flowers is a genius of the small and lucent, the details that make a character live and breathe: revelatory moments, quirky and dead-on metaphors, searingly funny observations. You will know Pru Whistler the way you know real people and you'll miss her the second you finish the book." Marisa De Los Santos, author of Love Walked In

Review:

"A lovely, funny story about the saving graces of surrogate families and unexpected love. The narrator, Pru, has such a self-effacing, irreverent sense of humor that I couldn't help but root for her all the way." Lolly Winston, New York Times bestselling author of Good Grief and Happiness Sold Separately

Review:

"So fresh and funny and warm, it echoed in my head long after I had closed the book....Beautifully written, with wit and heart to spare....She's Jane Austen gone mod, and I can't recommend this hopeful and endearing tale strongly enough." Joshilyn Jackson, author of Gods in Alabama

Review:

"Flowers...treats all her characters with care. She likes them, and so do we. It's a gentle book, a nice book to come home to. Sometimes that's exactly what we need." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Review:

"Pru's witty, funny observations and her attempts to pick up the pieces of her life and journey down a road she never expected to be on will have readers cheering her on in Flowers engaging, heartfelt, wise, and deftly written novel." Booklist

Review:

"Familiar terrain in women's fiction is appealingly approached with a nuanced, evenhanded touch and genuine humor." Library Journal

Synopsis:

In a funny, entertaining novel of love and family, a single woman who fears she's lost her chance at a family of her own, begins to accumulate an ad hoc one around her.

Synopsis:

A funny, entertaining novel of love and family for our times: a single woman who fears she's lost her chance at a family of her own, begins to accumulate an ad hoc one around her. 

In the tradition of Elinor Lipman or Marisa de los Santos (Love Walked In), Flowers delivers a smart, witty, appealing story of love, family, and community that breaks the mold of the conventional love story-and will have readers cheering. 

Everyone around Prudence Whistler, thirty-six, seems to be settling down. Her once single girlfriends have married and had babies. Her gay best friend is discussing marriage with his partner. Even her irresponsible younger sister, Patsy, is the single mother of a two-year-old. But when Pru panics at losing her mediocre boyfriend of two years-and begins to see the door to her traditional family life closing-she accidentally finds something even better: a new definition of family and happiness. First, it's the crazy cat who moves into her apartment. Then come Pru's headstrong sister and two-year-old niece. Then the niece's dog, the sister's ex-boyfriend, and, ultimately, Patsy and Pru's widowed mother. With the strength of her modern new household, Pru musters the confidence to open the dress shop she's always wanted in town-and discovers an extended family of sorts in the community of shop owners and devoted customers. It's only then that she ends up with the man of her dreams. Endearing, romantic, and satisfying, Nice to Come Home To is a charming, crowd-pleasing debut.

 

About the Author

Rebecca Flowers is an independent radio producer and commentator whose work has appeared on NPR's All Things Considered and Day to Day. A recipient of the Donald Barthelme Prize for short fiction,"she lives in western Massachusetts with her husband and their two children." This is her first novel.

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Denise Morland, November 22, 2008 (view all comments by Denise Morland)
Nice To Come Home To is the story of Prudence Whistler, 36, who has just lost her job and her boyfriend. Now she will have to revaluate her life, what does she really want? She thought she wanted to follow a traditional path with a secure, boring job, husband and kids, but as she begins to asses her options a very different picture appears. As she stumbles her way through rebuilding her life a quirky and loveable cast of characters appear; her younger sister Patsy who impulsively follows her heart and ends up the single mother of a two-year old, their well-meaning mother, John the recently separated cafe owner down the street, and Pru's many loyal friends.
I found this an enjoyable and entertaining read! I liked the theme that pressure to create a traditional family sometimes gets women off on the wrong track. Surrounding yourself with people you love and who support you is more important then having a husband and 2.5 kids! Pru's problems and insecurities will resonate with many modern women. I especially loved all the supporting characters. The original, loveable people who make Pru's life messy, complicated, and who ultimately lead her to a career she never would have expected round out the book perfectly.
I listened to the audio version of this book and found it a pleasant, light-hearted diversion.
This is a feel-good read perfect for readers who have enjoyed books by Marisa de los Santos or Joshilyn Jackson.
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atforkner, June 5, 2008 (view all comments by atforkner)
Nice to Come Home To is based on Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, but it's easy to forget that the story is a retelling as Pru (Prudence) navigates her way through the realities of family trials and dating past thirty. Pru is always the voice of reason and when her sister Patsy (Patience) visits DC with her quirky, disorganized personality that is the polar opposite of Pru's, she knows she must continue to be the strong one for Patsy. Unfortunately for Pru, family visits are never orderly or predictable. Readers will laugh and their hearts will ache with Pru as she tries too hard to keep her feelings about men and her family bottled up inside.

Peopled with colorful Characters and set in the neighborhood of Adams Morgan in Washington, DC, a setting that Rebecca Flowers seems to know inside and out, Nice to Come Home to is an exceptional read. This funny, witty novel will likely keep readers up past midnight to see if Pru will ever be able to let go of taking care of everyone else and finally let someone else walk beside her.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594489617
Publisher:
Riverhead Trade
Subject:
Sisters
Author:
Flowers, Rebecca
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Contemporary Women
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20090203
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.45x5.72x1.11 in. .95 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 336 pages Riverhead Hardcover - English 9781594489617 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Though she's methodically navigated 36 years by making lists and plans, D.C. resident Prudence Whistler's carefully constructed life is about to get shaken up. She's let go from the nonprofit job that never did much to fulfill her in the first place. Then Rudy — who she's finally decided will suffice as 'The One' — condescendingly dumps her. But before she has too much time to stew, her loved ones rally 'round: catty, coupled college friends; her younger sister, Patsy, the unmarried mother of a two-year-old; and John Owen, the in-divorce-proceedings diner owner Pru first encounters while schlepping Rudy's television out to the curb. This crew's the catalyst for a series of adventures and lifestyle shakeups that has retail-addict Pru wondering whether her love for fashion could deliver more than the latest Marc Jacobs dress. And then there's the ongoing coffee klatch at John's diner that inspires the big question: is Pru in the market for 'getting-each-other-through-a-bad-time-love' with John, or is it time to stick her neck out for 'real-love love'? Readers may find Pru's early bad luck streak contrived, but as her lovable friends and neighbors spring into action, the well-written story rounds out and rolls toward a satisfying finish." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Rebecca Flowers is a genius of the small and lucent, the details that make a character live and breathe: revelatory moments, quirky and dead-on metaphors, searingly funny observations. You will know Pru Whistler the way you know real people and you'll miss her the second you finish the book."
"Review" by , "A lovely, funny story about the saving graces of surrogate families and unexpected love. The narrator, Pru, has such a self-effacing, irreverent sense of humor that I couldn't help but root for her all the way."
"Review" by , "So fresh and funny and warm, it echoed in my head long after I had closed the book....Beautifully written, with wit and heart to spare....She's Jane Austen gone mod, and I can't recommend this hopeful and endearing tale strongly enough."
"Review" by , "Flowers...treats all her characters with care. She likes them, and so do we. It's a gentle book, a nice book to come home to. Sometimes that's exactly what we need."
"Review" by , "Pru's witty, funny observations and her attempts to pick up the pieces of her life and journey down a road she never expected to be on will have readers cheering her on in Flowers engaging, heartfelt, wise, and deftly written novel."
"Review" by , "Familiar terrain in women's fiction is appealingly approached with a nuanced, evenhanded touch and genuine humor."
"Synopsis" by , In a funny, entertaining novel of love and family, a single woman who fears she's lost her chance at a family of her own, begins to accumulate an ad hoc one around her.
"Synopsis" by ,
A funny, entertaining novel of love and family for our times: a single woman who fears she's lost her chance at a family of her own, begins to accumulate an ad hoc one around her. 

In the tradition of Elinor Lipman or Marisa de los Santos (Love Walked In), Flowers delivers a smart, witty, appealing story of love, family, and community that breaks the mold of the conventional love story-and will have readers cheering. 

Everyone around Prudence Whistler, thirty-six, seems to be settling down. Her once single girlfriends have married and had babies. Her gay best friend is discussing marriage with his partner. Even her irresponsible younger sister, Patsy, is the single mother of a two-year-old. But when Pru panics at losing her mediocre boyfriend of two years-and begins to see the door to her traditional family life closing-she accidentally finds something even better: a new definition of family and happiness. First, it's the crazy cat who moves into her apartment. Then come Pru's headstrong sister and two-year-old niece. Then the niece's dog, the sister's ex-boyfriend, and, ultimately, Patsy and Pru's widowed mother. With the strength of her modern new household, Pru musters the confidence to open the dress shop she's always wanted in town-and discovers an extended family of sorts in the community of shop owners and devoted customers. It's only then that she ends up with the man of her dreams. Endearing, romantic, and satisfying, Nice to Come Home To is a charming, crowd-pleasing debut.

 

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