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NPR’s Science Fridays. On the surface, Adelaide, 46, has the life she envisioned when she dropped out of college and got married—a family, a volunteer position, and a great husband. The husband, however, is cheating with her best friend Gwynnie. When Adelaide meets terminally ill physics professor Jakob Pankowicz in a hospice center, new worlds literally begin unfolding as she takes classes and he takes her under his wing and (a little more) in the laboratory. As if these plots twists weren’t clichéd enough, both of her children, Patty and Eric have also started to stray from the straight and narrow. Patty is having sex (gasp!) and Eric is getting kicked out of camp among other places. And, of course, Addie who has always deferred to her husband, must take matters into her own hands and discover what it’s like to carve out her own life. It is not necessarily the story here that makes Adelaide’s worries so utterly unconvincing, it’s that she seems like a a blank canvas that the artist cannot decide how to fill. Overall, the writing is clean and consistent, but the story itself has very little soul. -- manuscript review by Publishers Weekly, an independent organization

What really works for me with this excerpt is the way Adelaide herself is crafted-- we learn a great deal about her with a very few actions, rather than endless description. Unfortunately, that isn't always the case with the plot, but that's nothing a quick revision wouldn't take care of. It's quite obvious that the author really feels for Adelaide (and as all those writing books tell you, if you don't cry when a character's dog dies, you're not doing it right), and has the skills to make the reader do so as well. I like this one a lot. -- Amazon Top Reviewer

About the Author

April L. Hamilton lives in Southern California with her two children and entirely too many pets. When she's not writing, kid-wrangling or pursuing her grandiose and hopeless dream of a neat and orderly household, she can generally be found reading, reclaiming the domestic arts (aka "crafting") or taking in a movie.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434890414
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434890412
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,869,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

April L. Hamilton is an author, the founder, Site Administrator and Editor in Chief for the Love My Echo, Digital Media Mom and Publetariat web sites, a web content developer and Editor in Chief for the Kindle Fire on Kindle Nation Daily site, and an independent Android App and Echo skill developer.

She's a Los Angeles native who still lives in Southern California with her two kids, two dogs and excessively large yarn and craft stash.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lexi on January 15, 2008
I thoroughly enjoyed this. The characters are believable and engaging, one wants to find out what happens next, and best of all the author has a great sense of humour.

The bath scene made me laugh out loud several times. (I'd say there was a tad too much description of the bath products to start with). Poor Addie, in her consolatory bath, when the front door goes - isn't this always the way - then things get rapidly much worse. And Addie's choices of how to react are spot on. I did think the daughter would have been alerted the moment she opened the bathroom door by the scented steam, but this is a minor cavil.

The relationship Addie has with Patty is so authentic. The bit where Patty is defending her right to make her own decisions, then exchanges glances with her mother as Todd makes his feeble excuse is so true to life. Surely all mothers of teenagers have been there. It feels real.

The surprise development with Bob - well - it surprised me! I felt the author has plenty of interesting plot developments up her sleeve.

The prose is good, with nice observation; for instance, `that slightly condescending tone so typical of younger people who occupy positions of authority over the middle-aged'. Occasionally, you tell things that might be better shown; for instance, `In reality, both women had an idealized view of the other's life and each daydreamed about what it must be like to be the other from time to time.' This is both `tell' and authorial intrusion, and perhaps the information could be better conveyed through the women's dialogue.

An assured, easy and engaging read. Well done.

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 31, 2008
April Hamilton bursts onto the scene with a sparkling little excerpt for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest with Chapter One of ADELAIDE EPSTEIN, and if character development has as much to do with the judging as it should, this entry should be a winner. Hamilton has apparently written a 'comic fiction' and in the best sense of that term this opener tests the reader's ability to judge between what is comedy and what is daily dull routine in the life of a housewife. When the author can induce laughs from introspective observations rather that pratfalls, then the reader can be assured that the story will develop well.

Adelaide is a housewife who gave up finishing college to get married and raise two children and who now faces the void of 'family out of the house' syndrome and tries to fill that sense of lack of purpose and importance by volunteering at the local hospital: she is assigned the 'bedpan brigade' type chores that are below the nurses and is repeatedly making judgment errors as well as committing faux pas situations that lead to her being fired - try being fired from a volunteer job! Depressed with her life and her station she leaves her volunteer blunder job and returns home to soak in a tub, trying to forget that she is a forty-six year old woman with excessive body tissue. While relaxing in her perfumed yet depressing tub, in pops her daughter unexpectedly, accompanied with her boyfriend - the two obviously planning an afternoon's 'diversion' in the empty house. How Adelaide is confronted by the nude couple in the bathroom and what transpires among the three is hilarious (and touching), and when she tries to share her life problems with her best friend Gywnnie (gorgeous, free spirited etc), she discovers that her husband is in flagrante in Gywnnie's bed.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By L. Buck on February 23, 2008
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This is the story of Adelaide (Addie), a middle aged woman who is living her dream. Addie's a stay-at-home mom, 2 kids, successful husband, house in the 'burbs, who does charitable volunteer work and hosts a lady's sewing circle. What could be more wonderful? But if she's living her idyllic girlhood dream, why it it so unsatisfying? Perhaps the fact that her son is a delinquent, her daughter thinks she's a dinosaur, her husband is a patronizing jerk, and she just got fired from her volunteer work has something to do with it. And the lady's sewing circle friends, well they're a whole 'nother can of worms.

The story traces Addie's path to growth and redemption. I don't want to say more and give away the plot, but the story is smart, funny and poignant.

This is the second book I've read by April L. Hamilton. There's something about her writing style that I find deeply engaging. With other works of fiction I feel like a voyeur, like I'm peering through a window observing someone else's life at a distance. With Ms. Hamilton's first book Snowball, and again with Adelaide Einstein, it's as if I'm in the room, inside the character's skin, seeing her world through her eyes and actually living her experience.

This is the sort of book that I didn't want to put down because I wanted to know how it ended, and was sad when it ended because I wanted it to go on forever.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle VINE VOICE on January 25, 2008
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An instructor once told me that one good line per page and the writer had a classic. As far as I'm concerned, this one line could stand alone, sell t-shirts, bumper stickers, and change some people's perceptions.

'Hen lit' is term the literazzi is using for women's novels past prime. Our heroine, Adelaide, is 46 and plump. She's married with children, but from the sound of things, going to have some 'coming of age' issues.

Adelaide is a sympathetic and amusing character. Her firing, from a volunteer position no less, was hilarious. The bathroom scene had me sputtering. That one could make a movie.

Good writing advice is starting where a character's life changes. This excerpt begins in retrospect with Adelaide believing her firing changed her life--though she didn't realize it at the time. This is a nice beginning and something of a life lesson as well.

This excerpt is extremely well-written and witty. It would deserve a 5 star rating save I believe it needs a quick editorial pass to strengthen its readability:

1. Start dialog with a new paragraph. Talk loses its importance in the middle of a sentence.

2. Shorten the paragraphs in the action sequences. Long paragraphs drag and shorter ones will propel the reader forward better.

The quick change of point of view where Gwynnie speaks to Addie's husband is somewhat distracting. You may want to put this in italics, so it stands out from the rest of the manuscript.

Small nits: Comptroller is the name of the bank position Addie's friend holds--Controller is a pretty good description of the function, though!

I had a delightful time meeting Adelaide and thank you for allowing me to read this novel.
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