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Claudia Silver may receive top billing in Ebel’s crackling debut, but she is surrounded by a cast of terrific supporting players, all of whom could carry a book of their own. The novel’s main thread follows the misadventures of Ebel’s twentysomething hero, whose default setting is a sort of glib meta-awareness. The recent college grad is tap-dancing as fast as she can to avoid the emptiness of her life, making one ill-advised decision after another, which eventually leads to an affair with her best friend’s father, Paul. The ripple effect of Claudia’s actions allows Ebel to detour into side plots involving Paul’s wife, Annie, and Claudia’s younger sister, Phoebe, who’s counting on Claudia to rescue her from their mother’s creepy boyfriend. It’s here that Ebel’s writing really shines. She’s at her best when she slows down and allows her characters room to breathe, particularly in scenes featuring Claudia’s mother, Edith. Claudia may be the shiny penny that draws readers to this book, but it’s the grown-ups who give the work its surprising emotional heft. --Patty Wetli

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"A sharply drawn debut about a tart-tongued Gen-Xer trying to make it in Manhattan. May remind you of HBO’s Girls."
People

"Thoroughly entertaining and surprisingly thought-provoking . . . Readers will start it on the beach under an umbrella, finding themselves laughing loudly at the narrator’s clever split-second comebacks, and keep coming back to see the drama unfold. . . A perfect summer book."
Real Simple

"A crackling debut [with]…surprising emotional heft."
Booklist

"Witty, assured, and surprising. . . A hilarious roller coaster of a ride."
Kirkus Reviews

"Satisfying and unexpected. . . Readers will root for this deeply flawed but ultimately appealing heroine."
Publishers Weekly

"Claudia Silver is an utterly lovable heroine with a voice—and a journey—that had me hooked. It's a very funny book with a deeply compassionate heart. I rooted for Claudia, I felt for her, and I didn't want to say goodbye."
—Lauren Graham, author of Someday Someday Maybe

"Kathy Ebel is a writer of razor-sharp insight and uncommon wit, with an extraordinary ability to capture the textures of life—the language and sensibilities and fashions that define a place and time. Claudia Silver to the Rescue will transport you to New York City in the early 90s, and offers a richly detailed portrail of conflicted youth. This hugely enjoyable story manages to be funny, tense, and wise, all at once."
—Chris Pavone, author of The Expats

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (June 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547985576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547985572
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,425,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The characters were not particularly likable and the plot moved very slow.
Meijer Bjorn
With poor writing, bad flow and a complete lack of compelling character, this book is painful to read.
William Hardin
Claudia knows her mother and should have known that depending on her wasn't an option.
Dave Astle

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kcorn TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 6, 2013
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I want to be clear that I don't judge a novel based simply on a protagonist I find unlikeable or a plot which moves at a languid pace (even though this book has both). A novel also doesn't have to be a pleasant romp or easy diversion to win praise. But when a less than riveting tale is combined with writing which contains numerous grammatical errors and awkwardly structured sentences, I'm left shaking my head.

Then there is a protagonist, Claudia Silver, a woman who is not only judgmental towards those around her but seems to have a low (at best) ethical bar. Claudia's love life and her estrangement from her mother simply didn't ring true.

I could accept Claudia's shallowness if some of those connected to her - mother, friends, coworkers -were described in more depth. But they all seemed rather flat, outlined in broad strokes. I'd hoped for more detail.

The end section of the novel showed promise, with a potentially pivotal moment between Claudia and her mother. I won't reveal what happens but I didn't find it a believable ending.

Finally, there are those glaring grammatical flaws and confusing sentence structures. They hinder the flow of this novel. One of my pet peeves is when a writer throws the superfluous word "thusly" into a sentence. It seems affected, especially when a simple "thus" would suffice and make more sense to readers. An example: "Bronwyn had determined she would split expenses with Claudia and thusly live...."

I wouldn't turn away from otherwise solid writing because of the author chooses to use a confusing word or two. I'm certain that my sentences have plenty of grammatical and structural errors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Narry Wonker on August 4, 2013
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Claudia Silver to the Rescue? Try Claudia Silver rescues no one. It was all I could do to get through this book. Not a very nice character at all, and the writing was so frickin' jumpy and all over the place it was too weird. I wouldn't recommend this book to my worst neighbor. Save your hard-earned money!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 20, 2014
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Claudia Silver may be in her twenties, but she hasn’t left her teen years firmly behind. She has about as much sense as a love-struck fifteen-year-old left on the subway overnight and who might be prone to hallucinations on more than a few occasions. But I loved her anyway. That’s messed up, right? Yeah, I thought so, too.

But like all teenage fantasies it wasn’t a perfect match, nor was it even a near perfect one. In fact, I abhorred her and loved her in nearly equal parts. There were occasions where I wanted to give her a hug, and there were plenty of occasions where I wanted to slap my forehead, scream, and run in the opposite direction. By the end, I might have had a nice semi-permanent red spot along with a decent amount of brain damage, and possibly finished my cardio for the entire month of March.

So what gives? I might have reached a new level of softness around my middle, or I might have just discovered a hidden gem in the midst of a woodpile before the entire stack of debris was doused in kerosene and set ablaze. I’m still processing and evaluating all the inputs, but I’ll go with the hidden gem option for two hundred Alex.

I was more than a little entertained, even if I wasn’t exactly rescued. CLAUDIA SILVER TO THE RESCUE reminded me of a soap opera, so it wasn’t all that surprising when this little tidbit was actually discussed in a bit of depth in the novel, and it reminded me on more than one occasion of how lucky I am with my family and my relationships and my job situation, because I really don’t endeavor to find out how much worse it could get for myself, but I have no problem reading about somebody else’s problems over the course of 259 pages or so.

Robert Downs
Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By OC Student on July 9, 2014
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terrible and boring book. read it for book club and had very little to actually discuss. waste of time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MoLa on July 24, 2013
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The book is a light, fun read in some respects, but kept interesting with some pretty dramatic events and deeply flawed relationships. The book is filled with haunting, interesting characters -- the kind you keep thinking about even after you have finished the book. I read this book in just a few days because I could not put it down and couldn't wait to see what happened with the characters (even if you don't agree with all of their choices). Overall, a truly enjoyable read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennie Born on July 2, 2013
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Wow. What a sympathetic, likeable, deeply flawed, charismatic and utterly freaking funny character. I can not put this book down, and have already gifted one to a friend. Great summer read, and I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G Word on November 19, 2013
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A bit wordy with a very slow developing plot. The author tends to lose you along the way. However an interesting story with a nice ending .
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Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Claudia Silver is a twenty-something young woman who is fired from her job for letting her itinerant lover make international calls on her corporate phone. She comes from a very dysfunctional family background – her mother has had multiple husbands / boyfriends. The current one is making Claudia’s younger sister Phoebe very nervous; she is sure his is approaching her in a sexual manner, but her mother won’t hear of it. She runs away, asking Claudia to take her in and help her.
The story winds its way about their relationship, Claudia’s illegitimate affair with her best friend’s father, her constant sponging off others because she has no job and no money, and similar activities.
Author Ebel may be a skilled writer – the promotions indicate so – but this story turns me off. There is no comic relief and nothing to make me want to know her better.
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