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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If he stays for another drink I decide that it must mean he's planning to hang around for the night . “ Hmm , ” I go into the kitchen and scan the shelves of the fridge . " No. What I'd really like is a drink , a sloe gin fizz , I think ...
“ Thanks for the advice but I don't drink , ” Denny replies . “ I sip . “ Big difference . ... “ Well I still say that there are better ways of dealing with life than drinking too much . " “ My wife died , ” he replies caustically .
“ Make me an exciting drink ; a frosty , end - of - summer blender drink with a paper umbrella , maraschino cherries , salt around the rim , plenty of vodka and a killer blast of red food coloring . ” “ A blender drink ? C'mon Jessica .
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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