Looking for A Love Story

Looking for A Love Story

A Novel

Book - 2010
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In Louise Shaffer's delightfully charming new novel, a hopeless romantic (and author adrift) searches for a happy ending--and decides to write her own love story. After the success of her first novel, "Love, Max"--an irresistibly funny look at divorce as seen through a dog's eyes--Francesca's fictional saga becomes real when her sexy photographer husband bails on her. The good news is that Francesca gets custody of their apartment and their dog--an adoring scamp who has mastered the art of unconditional love. Still, a girl and her dog have to eat, so a desperate search for income leads Francesca to Chicky, a spunky, red-haired octogenarian who wants Francesca to write the memoirs of her parents, Joe and Ellie, who toured the vaudeville circuit in the early 1920s. Francesca is reluctant to take the job, but Chicky's tales soon lure her into a showbiz era as irresistible and unlikely as the love story that unfolds. As she re-creates Joe and Ellie's story, Francesca reflects, with hilarious honesty, on her own childhood and marriage--and discovers how to put the pieces of her life back together in a way that redefines herself and the true meaning of family and love. Publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks, c2010.
ISBN: 9780345502100
0345502108
Call Number: SHAFFER
Characteristics: 310 p. ; 21 cm
Subjects: Self-realization in women -- Fiction.
Intergenerational relations -- Fiction.
Women authors -- Fiction.

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KaliJen
Nov 09, 2013

I kept hanging in reading this, thinking it was going to "take off" and go somewhere besides backwards dips into to the characters' pasts, but I gave up halfway through. There were some really pithy, funny observations here and there about the protagonist's life experiences, and I found these quite enjoyable. But the story itself, I found mainly boring and rather depressing.

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