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 girls , you know , they watch me sleep , ” he says . “ I'm seriousI can't figure out if they're trying to make sure I'm not dead or just hoping that I get some rest . ” I swig down the wine cooler in a matter of minutes .
It isn't that I believe that either one of us is dying to sleep with the other . Actually , I had thought that I wanted to sleep with him , but now I'm not so sure . I know — maybe I just wanted to determine whether he would sleep with ...
“ So , you offered to sleep with me before ? ” I ask him . “ Where was I ? ” “ C'mon , don't embarrass me . Let's just drop it , okay ? ” " No , seriously . I think I need to know if people are offering to sleep with me .
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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