Love Bomb - Lisa Zeidner

In a suburban New Jersey great room, an aggrieved woman wearing a wedding dress, a gas mask, and reinforced steel-toe work boots upstages the bride and takes the guests hostage—a disproportionate percentage of whom happen to be Jewish psychotherapists all too eager to offer competing diagnoses: “They would think she was schizophrenic just on the basis of the outfit. The outfit alone screamed inpatient.” Lisa Zeidner’s deliciously dark and very funny fifth novel, Love Bomb (Sarah Crichton, $26), has received rave reviews in both The New York Times and The Washington Post; Jonathan Yardley compared her to the late, beloved novelist Laurie Colwin. The book’s warmth and hilarity are scaffolded by Zeidner’s crisp sentences and her sharp observations of suburban life.

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ISBN: 9781250037695
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Published: Picador - May 28th, 2013

This Beautiful Life - Helen Schulman

It’s every parent’s nightmare: one impulsive move by an otherwise good kid—in this case the forwarding of a sexually explicit video—throws a family into crisis and exposes every fault line in a marriage. In This Beautiful Life (Harper Perennial, $13.99), Helen Schulman takes a ripped-from-theheadlines plot and renders it into a finely crafted and nuanced narrative of a family disassembling under pressure. Although the author depicts a world of privilege in which children have slumber parties at the Plaza Hotel and where diversity at the elite Manhattan private school they attend consists of “millionaires…and…billionaires,” the stressful details and the high stakes of parenting will ring true to anyone who has ever spent a sleepless night worrying about her teen.
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ISBN: 9780062024398
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 7th, 2012

Three Stages of Amazement - Carol Edgarian

Crashing financial markets and the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme serve as the backdrop to Carol Edgarian’s Three Stages of Amazement (Scribner, $16)—and also as a mirror for one family’s own series of small implosions. “Cerebral Palsy was a term sometimes used” to describe the condition of Lena Rusch and Charlie Pepper’s ailing elevenmonth old, and her care has become all-consuming. Meanwhile, Charlie’s tech company is faltering and the potential financial fix comes with moral complications. This glimpse of a wealthy San Francisco family in crisis is convincing and finely wrought. While the novel is not a comedy, a scene involving black lingerie and a cell phone in a tree is possibly one of the funniest set-ups in this season’s crop of fiction.
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ISBN: 9781439198315
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Published: Scribner - February 7th, 2012