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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He steps off the doormat and politely extends his right hand . ... I can never figure out how many times you're supposed to pump before letting the other person's hand go and my worst nightmare is to shake for that extra few seconds ...
Removing my hand from the back of his headrest I use it to pull his face closer to mine . Then I shut my eyes and psyche myself up to make him the object of every erotic thought I've ever had . Pressing my mouth against his I use my ...
He starts to tick off his assets on the fingers of his left hand , “ I have IRA accounts , a life insurance policy , a real estate investment trust and pre - refunded triple A municipal bonds . In fact , I'll give you twenty bucks — all ...
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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