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Brilliant, fresh, funny, and wise, Allegra Goodman has delighted readers with her short stories in The New Yorker and her critically acclaimed collections Total Immersion and The Family Markowitz, Her celebrated first novel, Kaaterskill Falls, was a national bestseller and a National Book Award finalist. The novel, wrote Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times, ratifies the achievement of the author's short stories, even as it announces the debut of a gifted novelist.

Now, in Paradise Park, Goodman introduces one of the most endearing, exasperating, and indomitable heroines in modern literature: Sharon Spiegelman. Abandoned by her folk-dancing partner, Gary, in a Honolulu hotel room, Sharon realizes she could return to Boston-- and her estranged family-- or listen to that little voice inside herself. The voice that asks: How come Gary got to pursue his causes, while all I got to pursue was him?

Thus, with an open heart, a soul on fire, and her meager possessions (a guitar, two Indian gauze skirts, a macrame bikini, and her grandfather's silver watch) Sharon begins her own spiritual quest: living with the red-footed boobies, embracing the Edenic rain forests of Molokai, seeking enlightenment (with and without men) at the Greater Love Salvation Church, the Consciousness Meditation Center, a couples workshop in Waikiki, the Torah-Or Institute in Jerusalem, and in Professor Friedell's University of Hawaii course on world religions. Ever the optimist, Sharon is sure each time that she has struck it rich spiritually speaking — until she comes up empty.

Then, in a karmic convergence of events, Sharon starts on the pathhome to Judaism. Still, even as she embraces her tradition, Sharon's irrepressible self tugs at her sleeve. Especially when she meets Mikhail, falls truly in love at last, and discovers what even she could not imagine-- her destiny.

Review:

"[The] narrator, that Sharon Spiegelman, has one of the most enchanting, idiosyncratic voices since Augie March." The Washington Post Book World

Synopsis:

With an open heart, a soul on fire, and her meager possessions, Sharon Spiegelman begins a hilarious 20-year quest for enlightenment. But each time she believes she has struck spiritual gold she comes up empty when her irrepressible self shines through.

Synopsis:

ALLEGRA GOODMAN has delighted readers with her critically acclaimed collections Total Immersion and The Family Markowitz, and her celebrated first novel, Kaaterskill Falls, which was a national bestseller and a National Book Award finalist. Now, in her much-anticipated new novel, GOODMAN introduces one of the most endearing, exasperating, indomitable heroines in modern literature: Sharon Spiegelman.

Abandoned by her folk-dancing partner, Gary, in a Honolulu hotel room, Sharon realizes she could return to Boston—and her estranged family—or listen to that little voice inside herself. The voice that asks: “How come Gary got to pursue his causes, while all I got to pursue was him?” Thus, with an open heart, a soul on fire, and her meager possessions (a guitar, two Indian gauze skirts, a macramé bikini, and her grandfather’s silver watch) Sharon begins her own spiritual quest. Ever the optimist, she is sure at each stage that she has struck it rich “spiritually speaking”—until she comes up empty. Then, in a karmic convergence of events, Sharon starts on the path home to Judaism. Still, even as she embraces her tradition, Sharon’s irrepressible self tugs at her sleeve. Especially when she meets Mikhail, falls truly in love at last, and discovers what even she could not imagine—her destiny.

About the Author

Allegra Goodman's work has appeared in The New Yorker, Allure, Commentary, and Slate. She is the recipient of a Whiting Award and the Salon magazine award for fiction. She lives with her family in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she is at work on her next book.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385334167
Subtitle:
(a novel )
Author:
Goodman, Allegra
Publisher:
Dial Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Hawaii
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
New age movement
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Jewish women
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Series Volume:
no. AU-ARI-92-8
Publication Date:
c2001
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
360 p.
Dimensions:
9.56x6.47x1.19 in. 1.39 lbs.

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Product details 360 p. pages Dial Press - English 9780385334167 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[The] narrator, that Sharon Spiegelman, has one of the most enchanting, idiosyncratic voices since Augie March."
"Synopsis" by , With an open heart, a soul on fire, and her meager possessions, Sharon Spiegelman begins a hilarious 20-year quest for enlightenment. But each time she believes she has struck spiritual gold she comes up empty when her irrepressible self shines through.
"Synopsis" by , ALLEGRA GOODMAN has delighted readers with her critically acclaimed collections Total Immersion and The Family Markowitz, and her celebrated first novel, Kaaterskill Falls, which was a national bestseller and a National Book Award finalist. Now, in her much-anticipated new novel, GOODMAN introduces one of the most endearing, exasperating, indomitable heroines in modern literature: Sharon Spiegelman.

Abandoned by her folk-dancing partner, Gary, in a Honolulu hotel room, Sharon realizes she could return to Boston—and her estranged family—or listen to that little voice inside herself. The voice that asks: “How come Gary got to pursue his causes, while all I got to pursue was him?” Thus, with an open heart, a soul on fire, and her meager possessions (a guitar, two Indian gauze skirts, a macramé bikini, and her grandfather’s silver watch) Sharon begins her own spiritual quest. Ever the optimist, she is sure at each stage that she has struck it rich “spiritually speaking”—until she comes up empty. Then, in a karmic convergence of events, Sharon starts on the path home to Judaism. Still, even as she embraces her tradition, Sharon’s irrepressible self tugs at her sleeve. Especially when she meets Mikhail, falls truly in love at last, and discovers what even she could not imagine—her destiny.
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