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