Going Away Party: A Novel
Winner of Story Line's first Three Oaks Prize in Fiction, supported by Bloomsbury Books of Ashland, Oregon.
Selected from more than 600 entrants, "Going Away Party" stood out for its brisk pace, sassy, streetwise patter, and surprising, compassionate conclusion. Twenty-year-old Jess MacGuire, a good Catholic girl, wrestles with her uncertain future while her family is away on vacation. When her mother's ex-lover appears, she invites him to stay...until they're caught red-handed. An edgy, optimistic affirmation of love and family life.
Laura Pedersen was chosen as one of Ten Outstanding Young Americans by President Clinton in 1994. The youngest person ever to have a seat on the floor of the American Stock Exchange, she wrote her first book, "Play Money," about that experience, and a second," Street-Smart Career Guide," about entrepeneurship. A former assistant to Joan Rivers, she writes comedy and performs at the Improv and other venues. She has appeared on "Oprah," the "David Letterman Show," and "Good Morning, America," and is a columnist for the "Sunday New York Times,"
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“ I didn't mind staying home when the girls were little or if I had a day off . It's just that I probably should have gone back to work last week . Only I was afraid it wouldn't look right . I just want to return to my job and try and ...
I didn't mean to be so condescending and pedantic . ” “ That's okay , I deserved it , ” I say in a resigned tone of voice . “ What's pedantic ? ” I'm hoping to get on a different track . “ Pedantic ? It's like your parents when they're ...
He didn't say anything afterwards . Maybe I was the only one who enjoyed it . " Well it wasn't a guy , ” he says . “ I can't really remember if that was it . Sarah and I actually had this conversation right after we were married .
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This first novel by Pederson, a New York Times columnist, nonfiction author, and sometimes stand-up comedienne, is a May-December slacker romance (or maybe the term is "hook-up"). Twenty-year-old ... Read full review