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Flan Parker has always had an inquisitive mind, searching for what’s hidden below the surface and behind the door. Her curious nature and enthusiastic probing have translated into a thriving resale business in the university housing complex where she lives with her husband and two young children. Flan’s venture helps pay the bills while her husband works on his dissertation, work that lately seems to involve more loafing on the sofa watching soap operas than reading or writing. The secret of her enterprising success: unique and everyday treasures bought from the auctions of forgotten and abandoned storage units.

When Flan secures the winning bid on a box filled only with an address and a note bearing the word “yes,” she sets out to discover the source of this mysterious message and its meaning. Armed with a well-worn copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass that she turns to for guidance and solace, Flan becomes determined to find the “yes” in her own life. This search inward only strengthens her desire to unearth the hidden stories of those around her–in particular, her burqa-clad Afghan neighbor. Flan’s interest in this intriguing and secretive woman, however, comes at a formidable price for Flan and her family.

Set during the year following the September 11 attacks, Self Storage explores the raw insecurities of a changed society. With lush writing, great humor, and a genuine heart, Gayle Brandeis takes a peek into the souls of a woman and a community–and reveals that it is not our differences that drive us apart but our willful concealment of the qualities that connect us.

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A woman who supports her family by selling her yard-sale and self-storage auction acquisitions, Flan Parker embarks on a life-changing odyssey of self-discovery and awareness, guided by Walt Whitman's masterpiece "Song of Myself," after bidding on a mysterious box that is empty except for the word "yes." By the author of The Book of Dead Birds. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

About the Author

Gayle Brandeis is the author of the novel, The Book of Dead Birds, which won Barbara Kingsolver’s Bellwether Prize for Fiction in Support of a Literature of Social Change, and Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write. She lives in Riverside, California, with her husband and two children.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345504463
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Subject:
Fiction : General
Author:
Brandeis, Gayle
Author:
Gayle Brandeis
Subject:
Fiction : Contemporary Women
Subject:
General
Subject:
Contemporary Women
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Whitman, Walt
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literature-Contemporary Women
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080212
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
304

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Arts and Entertainment » Humor » General
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Self Storage: A Novel
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Product details 304 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780345504463 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A woman who supports her family by selling her yard-sale and self-storage auction acquisitions, Flan Parker embarks on a life-changing odyssey of self-discovery and awareness, guided by Walt Whitman's masterpiece "Song of Myself," after bidding on a mysterious box that is empty except for the word "yes." By the author of The Book of Dead Birds. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
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