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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 (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,092,878 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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Customer Reviews

I won't reveal what happens but I didn't find it a believable ending.
K. Corn
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 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
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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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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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I picked this up thinking it would be a "Bridget Jones" or "Such a Pretty Fat" type book. I was disappointed to find that the author wastes too much time on trying to create a super-tough character that comes off as anything but. Her sob-story childhood didn't make me feel for the character because it was mentioned in such a nonchalant sort of way. I am also a strong believer in using language as appropriate, but it seemed like the f-bomb was dropped more for shock value than to further the story. I wish the story had a better build to make me want to keep reading, but it lost me about 1/4 of the way in.
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By N. Glenn VINE VOICE on July 18, 2014
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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...and then it falls to crap. Claudia gets to spend time with her sister but loses her job and strains the relationships with those around her because of her poor decisions.

I enjoyed this book and actually read it in one lazy day, I thought the story had a lot of interesting twists and it kept me wanting to read "just a little more" until I was finished and satisfied with the resolution to an extent.
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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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There was nothing entertaining about this story. I thought the characters lifeless, useless, poorly defined. The writing was OK, not especially bad, or especially good, either. I stopped reading after 100 pages, as that is my limit for books. If it doesn't engage me by then. . . it isn't going to.

I am surprised that an editor, or other readers employed by publishing hours, didn't offer suggestions for improvement.

Though it's certainly possible I am the exception and most everyone else loved it. I think I'll go look at other reviews right now.
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I had mixed feelings about "Claudia Silver to the Rescue". Claudia Silver, the lead character, is a bit shallow. She's a 20-something who has just completed college, but has no plans about what she wants to do after she finishes school. Her mother says she cannot move back home, so Claudia is pretty much on her own. She's a bit judgmental, and ends up in some really messed up romantic relationships.

The humor of this novel ended up making this novel salvageable.
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