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The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets

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ISBN13: 9781935439646
ISBN10: 1935439642
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Winnie Parker, mother to an angst-ridden teenage daughter and ex-wife to a successful game show host who left her for a twenty-something contestant, begins a normal day in her hum-drum existence by dropping her car off at the repair shop. After accepting what she believes is a ride to pick up her rental car, Winnie realizes too late that she's been kidnapped.

What follows is a riveting psychological game of cat and mouse set in the kidnapper's tropically heated house—kept that way for Cookie, a menacing seven-foot long Iguana headquartered in the kitchen. While desperately seeking to escape—which leads to several violent clashes with her increasingly unstable kidnapper—Winnie also tries to understand why she was taken captive. Is her kidnapper merely seeking a ransom or does he have something more sinister in mind? Does he know that Winnie's mother is an Oscar-winning actress? Or did he connect her with Jonathan, her famous ex-husband? When the truth reveals itself, Winnie is not only forced to fight for her life, but must also protect the lives of those she loves from the kidnapper's deranged master plan.

An engrossing, darkly humorous, edge-of-your-seat story, The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets explores the dynamic between kidnapper and kidnapped, bizarre reptile lore, and the absurdity of the celebrity lifestyle.

Diana Wagman is the author of the novels Bump, Spontaneous—which won the PEN Center USA Award for Fiction—and Skin Deep. She is also a contributing writer to the Los Angeles Times.

Review:

"A kidnapper in over his head, the naïve 16-year-old Lacy, her deflated mother and dim but sweet father, and a seven-foot iguana populate this tar-black comedy set in Los Angeles. Lacy's mom, Winnie, is kidnapped by Oren, a reptile enthusiast and carpet salesman conducting a delusional online relationship with Lacy, who has made up stories about an abusive mother to impress Oren. Wagman adroitly builds suspense on several fronts and adds the bizarre comic twist of a kidnapper who is an amateur herpetologist. To accommodate his reptilian 'best friend,' Oren keeps his house tropically overheated and has turned the kitchen into a pen. The narrative shifts between Winnie's captivity and a day in the life of Lacy, who gets booted from class and ends up with Buster, actual boyfriend material, unlike Oren. Wagman has some twists up her sleeve, giving her time to explore Oren's frighteningly childlike mind in the deliberate runup to a gripping, bloody, and horrifying denouement. Wagman's talent for imagery is well served by the subject matter, and the story is perfectly paced, with humorous breaks in the tension. A PEN Center USA Award winner (for Spontaneous), Wagman has crafted an unusual thriller for psychological crime devotees and fans of the peculiar. Agent: Terra Chalberg, Chalberg & Sussman." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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From a PEN Award-winning author, an engrossing, darkly humorous, edge-of-your-seat novel--featuring a seven foot iguana.

About the Author

Diana Wagman is the author of three novels and numerous short stories, essays and reviews. Her second novel, Spontaneous, won the 2001 USA PEN West Award for Fiction. She is also a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times.

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leadfw, January 13, 2013 (view all comments by leadfw)
I absolutely loved this book!

It's funny, because you can see where things are headed pretty early on in the story -- initially I was disappointed by this, but as I continued reading I began to see that figuring out the plot isn't really the point of this book. Diana Wagman gives you little glimpses into each of the character's lives, doling out information about them just a little bit at a time. I started the book with a completely different set of feelings about each character than I had by the end. (If you've ever seen the fantastic movie "Attack The Block" you'll know what I mean -- there's a similar use of preconceived notions being turned upside down.)

Okay, so here's the story -- Winnie Parker is merely existing after her famous husband leaves her for a younger woman. She fills her days with errands and tennis lessons, but doesn't really feel anything anymore. She misses her husband and fights with her teenage daughter. Even her mother causes her pain -- an Oscar winning actress, she's never had room for Winnie in her life.

Amidst all of this sadness and ennui, Winnie suddenly finds herself in a terrifying position -- she's been kidnapped, and she has no idea what the kidnapper wants or why she has been abducted.

The last third of this book had me weeping, feeling as if my heart was breaking -- at the same time, I truly didn't want it to end.

I would love to see someone film this story -- I would absolutely go see it.

Highly recommend!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781935439646
Author:
Wagman, Diana
Publisher:
Ig Publishing
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A kidnapper in over his head, the naïve 16-year-old Lacy, her deflated mother and dim but sweet father, and a seven-foot iguana populate this tar-black comedy set in Los Angeles. Lacy's mom, Winnie, is kidnapped by Oren, a reptile enthusiast and carpet salesman conducting a delusional online relationship with Lacy, who has made up stories about an abusive mother to impress Oren. Wagman adroitly builds suspense on several fronts and adds the bizarre comic twist of a kidnapper who is an amateur herpetologist. To accommodate his reptilian 'best friend,' Oren keeps his house tropically overheated and has turned the kitchen into a pen. The narrative shifts between Winnie's captivity and a day in the life of Lacy, who gets booted from class and ends up with Buster, actual boyfriend material, unlike Oren. Wagman has some twists up her sleeve, giving her time to explore Oren's frighteningly childlike mind in the deliberate runup to a gripping, bloody, and horrifying denouement. Wagman's talent for imagery is well served by the subject matter, and the story is perfectly paced, with humorous breaks in the tension. A PEN Center USA Award winner (for Spontaneous), Wagman has crafted an unusual thriller for psychological crime devotees and fans of the peculiar. Agent: Terra Chalberg, Chalberg & Sussman." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
From a PEN Award-winning author, an engrossing, darkly humorous, edge-of-your-seat novel--featuring a seven foot iguana.

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