Jenna Faroli is the host of a popular radio show, and in Laura’s mind is “the single most famous person in the Town of Dover.” When Jenna happens to cross Charlie’s path one day, and they begin an e-mail correspondence, Laura cannot resist using Charlie to try out her new writing skills. Together, Laura and Charlie craft florid, strangely intimate messages that entice Jenna in an unexpected way. The “project” quickly spins out of control. The lines between Laura’s words and Charlie’s feelings are blurred and complicated, Jenna is transformed in ways that deeply disturb her, and Laura is transformed in her mind’s eye into an artist. The transformations are hilarious and poignant, and for Laura Rider, beyond her wildest expectations.
About the Author
Jane Hamilton is the author of The Book of Ruth, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for first fiction, and A Map of the World, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and named one of the top ten books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, the Miami Herald, and People. Both The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World have been selections of Oprah’s Book Club. Her following work, The Short History of a Prince, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1998, her novel Disobedience was published in 2000, and her last novel When Madeline Was Young was a Washington Post Best Book of 2006. She lives in and writes in an orchard farmhouse in Wisconsin.
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (March 3, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446538949
- ISBN-13: 978-0446538947
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
Source: Book Trade
This was a quick read that kept me busy on an airplane and keeping my interest on a plane is hard to do since I am a nervous flyer. There is a lot of humor and sly references about writing and life in general. I liked the characters of Laura and Charlie, but thought Charlie was a bit one flat. The fact that Laura would practically shove her husband in to an affair with her idol Jenna just shows how much Laura worships her. That leads to a bunch of comical three ways. This book was a great way to spend the afternoon!
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