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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My little brothers have never even heard of Mother May I ? Red Rover , or Red Light , Green Light . It's : Nintendo , Gameboy , Sega , Playstation . ” “ You're only twenty and you already sound like an old fart , ” Denny observes and ...
I go up to the room that I still share with my younger sister Katie , stretch out on my bed , light a cigarette and spread my notes across the faded purple cotton comforter with the little white peonies on it .
a Turn on the light ! " I switch on the lamp closest to my side of the bed and Denny proceeds to extract a metal eyelash curler from between the sheets , right where his back had just been . He appears worried , as if he's discovered ...
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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