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Girl Talkby Julianna Baggott
Synopses & Reviews
Lissy Jablonski was fifteen during the summer of 1985. That was the summer her father, a soft-spoken gynecologist, up and left her mother for a redheaded bank teller. The same summer Lissy and her mother disappeared from their quiet New Hampshire lives to have an adventure of their own amid a cast of unlikely characters, including a Valium-addicted ex-debutante and a suspected mobster. The summer the reliably comforting "girl talks" with her mother began to reveal startling secrets.
Now an almost-thirty-year-old advertising executive in Manhattan, faced with her father's imminent death and newly pregnant by her married ex-lover, an unmoored Lissy finds herself looking back across the years. Contending with her affections for an old flame and his doomed marriage to a Korean stripper named Kitty Hawk, as well as the tangible legacies of that unmentionable summer with her mother, she realizes that she has become more like her mother than she ever could have imagined.
"Baggott's multilayered, psychological tale is told with a deceptively light tone, in scenes shifting from past to present....Gen-X women and their mothers should find this novel." Publishers Weekly
"A smart, quirky chronicle of mother-daughter bonding and binding." Glamour
"What really makes this book a good read is the way Baggott allows her readers to get into her characters' feelings....She kindly allows one to care about how each character reacts to one another." USA Today
"The juxtaposition of stories turns this first novel by a poet and short-story writer from just a thirtysomething coming-of-age tale into wise look at mother-daughter legacies." Library Journal
"The stuff of farce, but Baggott's deft movement of her material is often lyrical and poignant rather that just kooky...and Lissy's consciousness is clearly enough realized so that the end of her tale doesn't fail to move." Kirkus Reviews
"This is a novel rich with story telling, its own plot driven by the deliberate revelation of several characters as seen from Lissy's clear-eyed vantage point." KLIATT
About the Author
Julianna Baggott is also the author of The Miss America Family and a book of poems, This Country of Mothers. She lives in Newark, Delaware, with her husband, poet David G.W. Scott, and their three children. Visit her Web site, www.juliannabaggott.com.
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