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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“ The first move after college is really key — it's , like , your geographic destiny . Hopefully someday I'll start a career in a place far away from here and maybe even meet my future husband there . Or who knows , maybe a bus will hit ...
“ It's an R , ” I call back . Though it's really a B. But I'm now curious to see just how long he'll put up with my shit . “ Okay , ” he says and goes right back to searching for the Holy Grail . “ There's a lot of stuff in here .
to retrieve the ice cubes but realizes that it's a lost cause . It's so hot that they've already liquefied . “ I mean , honestly , what do I look like to you ? ” “ You look like a warm autumn to me , ” I shoot back .
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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