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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“ Yeah , well I knew a guy who was dyslexic , agnostic and insomniac , ” I tell him as I sort through the orange , pink and violet pills . " What ? " Denny asks . “ He stayed up all night wondering if there was a dog . Get it ?
Sort of preconditioning . ” " And of course , being a vagatarian eliminates that sticky issue of whether to spit or swallow , " I add with mock seriousness . “ Oh God ! ” Denny says and puts his hand up to his forehead .
“ Sort of . We'd sing If I Had a Hammer , Kumbaya , Where Have All the Flowers Gone , and other songs about peace and creating labor unions . A guy would set fire to his draft card , a few women would burn their bras and then we'd go ...
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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