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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
"A sharply drawn debut about a tart-tongued Gen-Xer trying to make it in Manhattan. May remind you of HBO’s Girls."
"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."
"A crackling debut [with]…surprising emotional heft."
"Witty, assured, and surprising. . . A hilarious roller coaster of a ride."
"Satisfying and unexpected. . . Readers will root for this deeply flawed but ultimately appealing heroine."
"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
A nice simple story about a young woman in the 90s, working as a production assistant in New York. She comes from a troubled family and is trying to begin as an adult while being... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lynn Ellingwood
This is one of those women's fiction books that is shallow and underwhelming. Claudia Silver, the entirely unlikable protagonist, is trying to figure out her life. Read morePublished 8 months ago by LH422
This story is about a young woman in NY that is struggling to find herself in the big city. She gets fired from her job, her younger high school age sister moves in with her and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Hope T.
The story line is this book is very interesting, but I struggled to like it at the beginning. I rarely ever give up on a book though and I kept reading, and by the end, I really... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ann M. Pitman
Out of all the books I've read this summer and recently, this one was my least favorite, if it even makes it to my favorite. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mom of 1/Teacher of Many
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. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Dave Parker
I picked this up thinking it would be a "Bridget Jones" or "Such a Pretty Fat" type book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ayres
"Claudia Silver to the Rescue" by Kathy Ebel will not be rescuing you from this book. Reading this story was like riding in a car with tires low on air over a bumpy road... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Wilhelmina Zeitgeist
Claudia Silver has a strained relationship with her poor excuse for a mother and hasn't seen her sister in ages, she lives with her best friend and works a good job... Read morePublished 13 months ago by N. Glenn