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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“ Denny , I want you to tell me the truth about something . And besides , I figure you owe me one since I could have called the Children's Aid Society on you for running away and abandoning your kids . ” “ I'll tell you anything as you ...
I lean over and dramatically cup my hands over his ear and whisper , “ Tell me your biggest , deepest , darkest secret . The skeleton in your closet . Something that no one else in the world knows . " After absorbing this directive ...
“ What did he tell you ? ” “ He didn't have to tell me anything . Don't take me for a fool Jessica , ” my mother snaps authoritatively . “ Now give me an answer . I'm too young for grandchildren . I'm too old to fall for any fake story ...
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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