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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: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This was one of those books that was a page turner and easy to read.
PT Cruiser
With poor writing, bad flow and a complete lack of compelling character, this book is painful to read.
William Hardin
The characters were not particularly likable and the plot moved very slow.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Corn TOP 500 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Narry Wonker on August 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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 Tom on July 2, 2013
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From the meticulous details to the suffocatingly awkward situations to the witty, quick dialogue, I really enjoyed this book. I found myself tangled up in Claudia's web, unable to put the book down without finding myself in the car or checkout line obsessing about the next twist or reveal. Looking forward to Kathy Ebel's next book!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dave Astle VINE VOICE on June 27, 2013
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While this book has lots of clever dialogue, the book itself isn't all that clever.

We start out, very briefly, with Claudia about to leave college. She doesn't have a clue about what to do next and talks to her mother about coming home. She is told there's no room for her there and that she needs to make other plans, which surprises her. This is one of the things that I didn't like about this book. Claudia knows her mother and should have known that depending on her wasn't an option. Claudia is portrayed as a person who does the least amount of work possible to get by and at the same time, as someone who has pretty much always had to take care of herself. These two things seem contradictory to me. Growing up with a cold mother, she should realize that once she is done with college, which I'm sure she had to pay for by herself if she didn't have a scholarship, she would be responsible for herself. If she had no after-college plans or career goals, why bother going to college in the first place? People who grow up with little or no money do not take a college education for granted. They don't pay for 4 years of college to end up in a job where they order lunch for people. Once I was able to get past the first chapters that seemed so contradictory to me, the book got a lot better. The plot made more sense and was interesting. Claudia is completely unlovable from my point of view, though she does get some points for how much she cares about her sister. I don't know that her upbringing can be blamed for the selfish and horrible person she has become. She has this adoptive family who have done so much for her, and would help her out if she would only ask, and she repays them by stealing from them and destroying their family. She doesn't really deserve the happy ending the book gave her.
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Honestly, this is an odd book. There were times that I enjoyed the witty exchanges, but others where I just didn't know if I wanted to pick the book up again. Claudia has absolutely no goals. She has finished a degree with the thought of moving back home, but is told that she can't. Then she has to figure out what she is going to with her life. While I tend to encourage my students to figure that out before they actually graduate, and there are several services available to Claudia, which she doesn't even bother to look into, she ends up feeling abandoned and completely lost. In her mid-late twenties, she doesn't attempt to grow up, instead she goes through several relationships and blames everything wrong on others. I didn't like Claudia and couldn't see why anyone would. The saving grave is the humor of laughing at someone else.
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The enthusiastic, brave older daughter of a very dysfunctional mother comes to the rescue of her younger half-sister. There are mishaps and tears , but also triumphs and laughter . At the end courage and love prevail, in a wonderful and touching ending.
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