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In Literacy and Longing in L.A., hailed as "the most delightful read of the year" by Liz Smith in the New York Post, authors Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack captivated readers with a brilliantly imagined first novel. Now Kaufman and Mack return, introducing a character with a unique voice you'll never forget: Cassie Shaw, an irrepressible young woman who reinvents herself — with unexpected consequences — in a funny, wise, and utterly original novel about friendship, love, wildlife, and other forces of nature.

In the wilds of Topanga Canyon, Cassie is right at home — with the call of birds, the sound of wind in the trees, the harmony of a world without people. But everywhere else, life is a little harder for Cassie. Her mother believes in Big Foot. Her wisecracking pet parrot is a drama queen. And at the age of thirty, newly single and without a college degree, Cassie desperately needs a decent paycheck. Which is why, against all her principles, she lies on her résumé for an office job at an elite university — and then finds herself employed in academia by two professors who are as rare as the birds she covets.

One of her new bosses is Professor William Conner, a sexy, handsome, cheerfully aristocratic expert in animal behavior. Soon, under Conner's charismatic tutelage, Cassie carefully begins her personal transformation while meeting the kind of people who don't flock to wildlife preserves — from impossibly brilliant academics to adorably spoiled college boys. But her future — and unlikely new career — is teetering on one unbearable untruth. And Cassie's masquerade is about to come undone...in a chain of events that will transform her life — and the lives of those around her— forever.

A novel for late bloomers of every exotic shade and stripe, A Version of the Truth is pure entertainment — at once hilarious and wry, lyrical and uplifting.

Review:

"Cassie Shaw, the 30-year-old dyslexic high school dropout narrator of Kaufman and Mack's follow-up to Literacy and Longing in L.A., is devoid of self-esteem and, as the winsome novel opens, has just been widowed by a jerk who left her nothing but debt. Desperate for a job, Cassie fudges her education background on a job application and snags an entry-level university office job working under William Conner, a charismatic professor of animal behavior who ignites Cassie's desire for learning — and other things. As Cassie's lust for knowledge swells and she becomes more involved with Conner, the list of her deceptions lengthens, and it's only a matter of time until budding beau Conner finds out. Kaufman and Mack lace the narrative with light humor (the rats in California's Topanga Canyon are like 'roaches in NY or liars in LA') and nods to Emerson, Whitman, Thoreau, Plato and Keats. Delightfully merging humor, philosophy and reflections on nature, this novel is a lot of fun and might give some readers freshman-year flashbacks." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Engaging....A thoughtful version of the girl-done-good tale." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Delightfully merging humor, philosophy and reflections on nature, this novel is a lot of fun and might give some readers freshman-year flashbacks." School Library Journal

About the Author

Karen Mack, a former attorney, is a Golden Globe Award-winning film and television producer. Jennifer Kaufman was a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times and is a two-time winner of the national Penney-Missouri Journalism Award. Their debut novel, Literacy and Longing in L.A., was a #1 Los Angeles Times bestseller and also won the 2006 Southern California Booksellers Association Award for Fiction.

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lovewriter, March 13, 2009 (view all comments by lovewriter)
Readers beware! If you don't like a lot of swear words in your books, DON'T bother with this one! Unlikable characters make up this ridiculous mess of a story involving Cassie, a high school dropout, nature lover and recent widow.
Desperate for a job, she lies on a job application and lands a position at a prestigious University. I found Cassie to be an incredibly self-centered person who found fault with everyone she encountered. There were several times during the course of my reading that I wanted to smack for her stupidity.
The author's interest in swear words appalled me; especially one word in particular which was used 52 times (I counted!) throughout the book. Very rarely did I find a page that had no swear words at all, and the unnecessary swearing completely ruined what seemed to be a promising book. I'd be very leary about reading any more books by Ms. Kaufman and Ms. Mack; especially if their other books are as bad as this one.
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titianlibrarian, August 8, 2008 (view all comments by titianlibrarian)
This is a pretty kooky book all around--a strange but lovable protagonist, romances that fizzle out and male characters who disappear without a trace, and mysterious cameos of both Bigfoot and the thought-to-be-extinct ivory-billed woodpecker. Despite all these eccentricities, it does end up being an enjoyable quick read.

The best part of the book is the main character, Cassandra. After the (welcome, yet accidental) death of her husband, she is seeking more from her narrow life of working at the wildlife rehabilitation center and socializing with her one best friend from middle school. She decides to forge a college degree in order to work in a local college office in southern California. She starts taking college classes and discovers classical literature throughout the course of the book, so there are growing numbers of literary references as the book continues.

If you want an alternative to the sophistocated office chick lit set in New York City, try this down-home California high-school-educated nature-girl chick lit title.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385340199
Author:
Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack
Publisher:
Delacorte Press
Author:
Mack, Karen
Author:
Kaufman, Jennifer
Subject:
General
Subject:
Truthfulness and falsehood
Subject:
Women naturalists
Subject:
Contemporary Women
Subject:
General Fiction
Publication Date:
20071226
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.02x5.50x1.13 in. .79 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Cassie Shaw, the 30-year-old dyslexic high school dropout narrator of Kaufman and Mack's follow-up to Literacy and Longing in L.A., is devoid of self-esteem and, as the winsome novel opens, has just been widowed by a jerk who left her nothing but debt. Desperate for a job, Cassie fudges her education background on a job application and snags an entry-level university office job working under William Conner, a charismatic professor of animal behavior who ignites Cassie's desire for learning — and other things. As Cassie's lust for knowledge swells and she becomes more involved with Conner, the list of her deceptions lengthens, and it's only a matter of time until budding beau Conner finds out. Kaufman and Mack lace the narrative with light humor (the rats in California's Topanga Canyon are like 'roaches in NY or liars in LA') and nods to Emerson, Whitman, Thoreau, Plato and Keats. Delightfully merging humor, philosophy and reflections on nature, this novel is a lot of fun and might give some readers freshman-year flashbacks." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Engaging....A thoughtful version of the girl-done-good tale."
"Review" by , "Delightfully merging humor, philosophy and reflections on nature, this novel is a lot of fun and might give some readers freshman-year flashbacks."
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