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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For a minute I think I'm at a restaurant . He's put out white linen napkins , wine goblets , soup spoons and even a little vase of freshly picked wildflowers . I look over at him as he stands with his back to me , making some last ...
“ I've got to run upstairs and do a ten - minute American beautification program before arriving very late to class . ” . ” “ Then I'm going to do a twenty - minute kitchen beautification program , ” he responds .
“ Please , I've been thinking about kissing you since the minute I saw you on Monday night . ” “ Denny , c'mon out . I've gotta use the bathroom . ” " You do ? ” “ Yeah , suddenly I don't feel so good , ” I truthfully acknowledge .
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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