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Literacy and Longing in l.aby Jennifer Kaufman
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Some women shop. Some eat. Dora cures the blues by bingeing on books-reading one after another, from Flaubert to bodice rippers, for hours and days on end. In this wickedly funny and sexy literary debut, we meet the beguiling, beautiful Dora, whose unique voice combines a wry wit and vulnerability as she navigates the road between reality and fiction.
Dora, named after Eudora Welty, is an indiscriminatebook junkie whose life has fallen apart-her career, her marriage, and finally her self-esteem. All she has left is her love of literature, and the book benders she relied on as a child. Ever since herlarger-than-life father wandered away and her book-loving, alcoholic mother was left with two young daughters, Dora and her sister, Virginia, have clung to each other, enduring a childhood filled with literary pilgrimagesinstead of summer vacations. Somewhere along the way Virginia made the leap into the real world. But Dora isn't quite there yet. Now she's coping with a painful separation from her husband, scraping thebottom of a dwindling inheritance, and attracted to a seductive book-seller who seems to embody all that literature has to offer-intelligent ideas, romance, and an escape from her problems.
Joining Dora in her odyssey is an elderly society hair-brusher, a heartbroken young girl, a hilarious off-the-wall female teamster, and Dora's mother, now on the wagon, trying to make amends.Along the way Dora faces some powerful choices. Between two irresistible men. Between idleness and work. And most of all between the joy of well-chosen words and the untidiness of real people and reallife.
From the Hardcover edition.
Whenever her life hits a crisis--romantic upheaval, divorce, a career stalling--Dora escapes into a carefully selected stack of books, shutting herself away from the outside world until she emerges from her book binge capable of facing her problems. 35,000 first printing.
Some women shop. Some eat. Dora cures the blues by bingeing on books--reading one after another, from Flaubert to bodice rippers, for hours and days on end. Dora is an indiscriminate book junkie whose life has fallen apart--her career, her marriage, and finally her self-esteem. All she has left is her love of literature, and the book benders she relied on as a child. Ever since her larger-than-life father wandered away, Dora and her sister Virginia have clung to each other, enduring a childhood filled with literary pilgrimages instead of summer vacations. Somewhere along the way Virginia made the leap into the real world, but Dora isn't quite there yet. Along the way she faces some powerful choices--between two irresistible men; between idleness and work; and most of all between the joy of well-chosen words and the untidiness of real people and real life.--From publisher description.
About the Author
KAREN MACK is a Golden Globe Award—winning film and television producer. JENNIFER KAUFMAN was a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times and is currently a freelance writer. Both live in Los Angeles, and this is their first novel.
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