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ISBN13: 9780143118510
ISBN10: 014311851x
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When youre in trouble and sinking fast, whom do you call?

Piper Nelson is stuck. She cant quite stay away from the husband she divorced. She isnt always attentive to the high school students she teaches. And even she admits that shes been drinking too much and seeking out unsuitable men. Pipers mother, married to a celebrity evangelist, and her sister, who's immersed in plans to wed a professional football player and star in a reality TV show, are both too self-absorbed to sympathize with Pipers angst. They tell her to get a grip. But how can Piper ever really recover from the blow she suffered five years ago, when a car accident took the life of her young daughter?

When Pipers ex-husband announces that his new girlfriend is pregnant, Piper is forced to take stock. Realizing that its time for a change is one thing, but actually making it happen is quite another. And despite what she thinks, Piper cant do it alone  Lucky for her, a couple of crazy, funny new friends are ready to step in when she needs them most and show her how to live and laugh again.

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"Familiar material--a newly divorced woman navigating the choppy waters of single parenthood--gets sensitive treatment in this subtle novel by the author of Shelter Me. Connecticut homemaker Dana Stellgarten tends to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, even her philandering ex-husband, but she's having a tough time staying nice as she deals with the discovery of her preteen daughter's bulimia, her seven-year-old son's acting out, a friend's betrayal, and her teenage niece's emotional crash landing at her house. Nevertheless, Dana reaches out to the family of a terminally ill doctor, deals with a bull-in-a-china-shop suitor, and even finds love in an unexpected place. Fay deals honestly with Dana's emotional journey as she strives 'to understand how what had been true before had changed into what was true now' and gives readers a believable cast, from the daughter struggling with the wolf-pack mentality of middle school to Dana's sometimes obnoxious yet fiercely loving sister. It expertly walks a heavily trodden path. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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"A Pamela Dorman/Penguin book"--T.p. verso.

Synopsis:

As she enters the slipstream of post-divorce romance and is befriended by the town queen bee, newly divorced Dana Stellgarten finds that the tension between being true to herself and being liked doesn't end in middle school.

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A NOVEL FULL OF HUMOR AND HOPE FOR FINDING YOURSELF WHERE YOU LEAST EXPECTED

Sean has spent twenty years in Third World war zones and natural disaster areas, fully embracing what hed always felt was his lifes mission. But when burnout sets in, Sean is reluctantly drawn home to Belham, Massachusetts, the setting of Fays much-loved Shelter Me. There, he discovers that his steely aunt, overly dramatic sister, and quirky nephew are having a little natural disaster of their own. When he reconnects with a woman from his past, Sean has to wonder if the bonds of love and loyalty might just rewrite his destiny. Completely relatable, The Shortest Way Home is another perfect serving of a slice of life from the irresistible Fay.

Winner of the Library Journal Award for Best Women's Fiction

 

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A NOVEL FULL OF HUMOR AND HOPE FOR FINDING YOURSELF WHERE YOU LEAST EXPECTED

Sean has spent twenty years in Third World war zones and natural disaster areas, fully embracing what he’d always felt was his life’s mission. But when burnout sets in, Sean is reluctantly drawn home to Belham, Massachusetts, the setting of Fay’s much-loved Shelter Me. There, he discovers that his steely aunt, overly dramatic sister, and quirky nephew are having a little natural disaster of their own. When he reconnects with a woman from his past, Sean has to wonder if the bonds of love and loyalty might just rewrite his destiny. Completely relatable, The Shortest Way Home is another perfect serving of a slice of life from the irresistible Fay.

About the Author

Juliette Fay earned her BA from Boston College, and her MA from Harvard University. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and four children.

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Denise Morland, April 26, 2011 (view all comments by Denise Morland)
Dana Stellgarten has the most common of stories. Her husband left her for another woman, now she struggles to make ends meet, to deal with the lonely times when her kids are with their dad, and to reinvent herself as something other than a wife. She is the consummate caretaker, always putting the others (even her son's flirtatious football coach) before herself. As her teenage daughter points out, Dana is nice to a fault. Suddenly without the safety net of marriage Dana has to find strength she has buried deep to protect her children, find a job, help out her confused Goth niece, and maybe even let romance back into her life.

At first I found the plot of Deep Down True to be utterly commonplace and predictable and I was a bit bored. Dana's story is that of nearly every woman who has gone through a divorce. After awhile though I began to really like Dana and to feel like she was a friend. Then her everyday triumphs started to matter to me and by the end I had really enjoyed the book. Watching Dana's daughter Morgan struggle through her parents' divorce in such a vulnerable way with Dana trying to find her way to a solution was painful and rewarding all at once. There are some great humorous moments, often thanks to Grady's football coach, that help to lighten the mood. In the end I enjoyed the book but wish it had been pruned down a little.

I listened to the audio version of Deep Down True, read by Robynn Rodriguez. She does a nice job dealing with the voices of so many different characters and especially with Dana's warm and comforting tones.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143118510
Author:
Fay, Juliette
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Swindle, Renee
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.04 x 5.12 x 0.78 in 0.63 lb
Age Level:
17-17

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Product details 432 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143118510 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Familiar material--a newly divorced woman navigating the choppy waters of single parenthood--gets sensitive treatment in this subtle novel by the author of Shelter Me. Connecticut homemaker Dana Stellgarten tends to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, even her philandering ex-husband, but she's having a tough time staying nice as she deals with the discovery of her preteen daughter's bulimia, her seven-year-old son's acting out, a friend's betrayal, and her teenage niece's emotional crash landing at her house. Nevertheless, Dana reaches out to the family of a terminally ill doctor, deals with a bull-in-a-china-shop suitor, and even finds love in an unexpected place. Fay deals honestly with Dana's emotional journey as she strives 'to understand how what had been true before had changed into what was true now' and gives readers a believable cast, from the daughter struggling with the wolf-pack mentality of middle school to Dana's sometimes obnoxious yet fiercely loving sister. It expertly walks a heavily trodden path. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , "A Pamela Dorman/Penguin book"--T.p. verso.
"Synopsis" by , As she enters the slipstream of post-divorce romance and is befriended by the town queen bee, newly divorced Dana Stellgarten finds that the tension between being true to herself and being liked doesn't end in middle school.
"Synopsis" by ,
A NOVEL FULL OF HUMOR AND HOPE FOR FINDING YOURSELF WHERE YOU LEAST EXPECTED

Sean has spent twenty years in Third World war zones and natural disaster areas, fully embracing what hed always felt was his lifes mission. But when burnout sets in, Sean is reluctantly drawn home to Belham, Massachusetts, the setting of Fays much-loved Shelter Me. There, he discovers that his steely aunt, overly dramatic sister, and quirky nephew are having a little natural disaster of their own. When he reconnects with a woman from his past, Sean has to wonder if the bonds of love and loyalty might just rewrite his destiny. Completely relatable, The Shortest Way Home is another perfect serving of a slice of life from the irresistible Fay.

Winner of the Library Journal Award for Best Women's Fiction

 

"Synopsis" by ,
A NOVEL FULL OF HUMOR AND HOPE FOR FINDING YOURSELF WHERE YOU LEAST EXPECTED

Sean has spent twenty years in Third World war zones and natural disaster areas, fully embracing what he’d always felt was his life’s mission. But when burnout sets in, Sean is reluctantly drawn home to Belham, Massachusetts, the setting of Fay’s much-loved Shelter Me. There, he discovers that his steely aunt, overly dramatic sister, and quirky nephew are having a little natural disaster of their own. When he reconnects with a woman from his past, Sean has to wonder if the bonds of love and loyalty might just rewrite his destiny. Completely relatable, The Shortest Way Home is another perfect serving of a slice of life from the irresistible Fay.

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