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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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Farewell, Dorothy Parker

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Publisher Comments:

When it comes to movie reviews, critic Violet Epps is a powerhouse voice. But that's only because shes learned to channel her literary hero Dorothy Parker, the most celebrated and scathing wit of the twentieth century. If only Violet could summon that kind of strength in her personal life.

Violet visits the Algonquin Hotel in an attempt to find inspiration from the hallowed dining room where Dorothy Parker and so many other famous writers of the 1920s traded barbs, but she gets more than she bargained for when Parker's feisty spirit rematerializes. An irreverent ghost with problems of her own — including a refusal to cross over to the afterlife — Mrs. Parker helps Violet face her fears, becoming in turn mentor and tormentor… and ultimately, friend.

Review:

"Magical fun.” Booklist

Review:

“[Meister] reveals the pathos behind the pith, and she instructs readers about the enduring legacy of a writer who produced not just ‘scathing reviews, clever jokes, quotable poetry, and insightful short stories but also championed social causes. Classic Parker zingers sprinkled throughout the novel add sparkle.” Washington Post

Review:

"Meister honors Dorothy Parker, her still-fresh political convictions, and her body of witty, insightful work in this very nice literary romp....Parker was the perfect New Yorker: sharp, witty and eminently quotable. And it is clear that Meister had a lot of responsible fun paying tribute to her." Bookreporter

Review:

"Meister skillfully translates the rapier-like wit of the Algonquin Round Table to modern-day New York...[with] pathos, nuanced characters, plenty of rapid-fire one-liners, and a heart-rending denouement." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"This funny yet tender homage...resurrects the iconic wit of the literary legend....Breezy and engaging...complete with Parkeresque banter." Library Journal

About the Author

Ellen Meister is the author of The Other Life, The Smart One, and Secret Confessions of the Applewood PTA. She teaches creative writing at Hofstra University School of Continuing Education and runs an online group where she mentors aspiring women authors.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780425264713
Author:
Meister, Ellen
Publisher:
Berkley Trade
Subject:
Romance - Contemporary
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20131203
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8 x 5.13 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 352 pages Berkley Trade - English 9780425264713 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Magical fun.”
"Review" by , “[Meister] reveals the pathos behind the pith, and she instructs readers about the enduring legacy of a writer who produced not just ‘scathing reviews, clever jokes, quotable poetry, and insightful short stories but also championed social causes. Classic Parker zingers sprinkled throughout the novel add sparkle.”
"Review" by , "Meister honors Dorothy Parker, her still-fresh political convictions, and her body of witty, insightful work in this very nice literary romp....Parker was the perfect New Yorker: sharp, witty and eminently quotable. And it is clear that Meister had a lot of responsible fun paying tribute to her."
"Review" by , "Meister skillfully translates the rapier-like wit of the Algonquin Round Table to modern-day New York...[with] pathos, nuanced characters, plenty of rapid-fire one-liners, and a heart-rending denouement."
"Review" by , "This funny yet tender homage...resurrects the iconic wit of the literary legend....Breezy and engaging...complete with Parkeresque banter."
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