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Trying to juggle her roles as wife, mother, and aspiring soap opera writer, Delilah Levine copes with her everyday life by escaping into delicious fantasies that feature a surprisingly handsome plumber ... who just might be an undercover spy! "Clever, smart and sexy. Fast and funny."

About the Author

Alisa Kwitney is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Does She or Doesn't She?, The Dominant Blonde, and Till the Fat Lady Sings. Alisa has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and countless comic books from her years as an editor for Vertigo/DC Comics. She lives with her husband and two children in New York City.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 edition (June 24, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060512377
  • ASIN: B0002MKEJ8
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,728,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and recall the days when there were fewer strollers and more trannies on roller skates in Riverside Park. I have an MFA from Columbia University (though only a dim recollection of what I did to get it).

I have worked as a veterinarian's assistant, a Hebrew teacher, and a comic book editor for Vertigo/DC comics. I have also written some comic books. And I still have all my old Shanna the She Devil issues.

Somebody at Vera Wang once called me "the stupidest receptionist we've ever had." I only worked there for one day.

I currently live in an old farmhouse two hours from Manhattan, with my husband, two kids, two burmese cats and a big Chinook (the dog, not the helicopter).

Customer Reviews

I say if she has a brain, she does!
Karen in New England
The main attraction of the story is about the clumsy wife with the good humour and hilarious word choice and a particularly wild imagination.
Samantha
Without giving away too much of the plot, the story is completely implausible.
Bearette24

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
I love chick lit, but there's a limit to how many books I can read about snarky twentysomethings who have entry-level jobs and spend a lot of time drinking with their roommates. Along comes this book, which has the first-person humor and insight we've come to expect from chick lit, along with a heroine who is a wife and mom. It turns out that life doesn't end at twentysomething, or when you get married! Who'd have thunk it?
This is a great read from an author with a really fresh voice. It's lucid and literate and funny at the same time, and DOES fit squarely in the romance genre. The new, improved romance genre, that is, where the heroine doesn't necessarily have to be a damsel in distress. It IS a great beach read, or plane read, or just a read any old time and place. I'll definitely be checking out her other books.
Bonus for big romance fans: the heroine's fantasies at the beginning of each chapter span the breadth of romance subgenres, so even though you're reading a contemporary, you get hints of paranormal, historical, futuristic, native american, etc. romances, too!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By PadreRat on August 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
Alisa Kwitney's second novel isn't a crafty as The Dominant Blonde. The book starts each chapter with the main character's secret fantasies. Unfortunately, I think it takes away from the potential of what the story could have been. There were just too many of them.
Delilah Levine has a husband who shows minimal attention to her and a daughter who seems pretty well adjust considering the fact she has a flaky mother. Delilah becomes attracted to her new plumber, Ford. He spends a lot of time at the crazy Levine house "fixing" the building's pipes. As her life goes out of control, Delilah finds herself spending more time with Ford. Her husband, Jason, is a corporate lawyer at a company that is developing a new aphrodisiac called Biosensual.
Delilah finds her husband's notes on the top-secret project on the backside of the soap opera script she just submitted. Well, the producers love her "long" notes and want her to flush out a corporate espionage storyline around the aphrodisiac drug. After she shares with her husbands boss her great story idea, accidents keep happening to her.
With Ford's help, Delilah gets to the bottom. However, you will be thrown for a loop as well. Much of the story comes at you from behind a corner. Overall, a good read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
I read Dominant Blonde and loved it, so was really looking forward to reading Does She or Doesn't She? Frankly, I'm surprised anyone would give it a negative review--it seems to me that here's a fantasy-filled, fun book with characters that have more depth and a lot more hidden in their closets than in Dominant Blonde. I love that Delilah is a real woman, with a daughter, a troubled marriage, and a struggling career rather than a quirky 20something with no life experience. Her daughter is a hoot, her plumber totally yummy, and her husband, well, he has some problems. All in all, I thought this was a more complex read, but still displayed the same humor and insight into people the author showed in her previous work. As for the plot being complicated--anyone who watches Alias should have no problem keeping up!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bearette24 VINE VOICE on June 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is the story of a woman, Delilah, who keeps fantasizing about her plumber. She and her husband have not had sex in ages. He criticizes her for being disorganized, not preparing dinner, etc. and starts spending more and more time at the office, where he is working on a drug called "Biosensual." It has similar effects as Viagra, can be taken by men and women, but if you take a few milligrams too much, you lose all higher brain function. Delilah inadvertently sends her husband's notes on the drug to the TV studio she writes soap opera scripts for. They love it and incorporate it into their plot line.

Suddenly, cars are trying to run Del over, bricks fall off of buildings and almost hit her on the head, and she learns that a list of people want her dead.

Without giving away too much of the plot, the story is completely implausible. Every character, including the blond-wigged Orthodox Jewish woman upstairs, the plumber, and Del's husband, has a huge secret concerning his or her identity. All these enormous secrets strain credibility. Although Kwitney avoids the cliches of the bored-housewife genre, she goes overboard and makes the story so removed from the ordinary that it's unbelievable.

That said, Kwitney has created a likable, smart and quirky protagonist. Delilah is a great character; you care about what happens to her. The day-to-day details of her life with her daughter, Sadie, are recounted convincingly. Kwitney also has a nice touch with setting.

If you like Kwitney's other books, you may want to read this one, but keep your expectations low on the plausibility front. I still think her best book is "The Dominant Blonde."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Samantha on July 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
The main attraction of the story is about the clumsy wife with the good humour and hilarious word choice and a particularly wild imagination. Although I think the interraction between Delilah and Ford is not shown enough in the book, it actually makes me pay extra attention when they do actually interract for real. (as in not in fantasies!)
Call me weird, but I'm one of those people who hate guessing at an ending, however~! Ok, I know, the ending was pretty much pointing towards something, and I'm definitely not saying it's badly written, but still I'd like a definite thing where their future is almost definite, certain. I'm one of those people who love a happy ending just to polish things off....
This book was humorous and interesting, and makes me want to check out her other works, even though I've just learnt that she hadn't written a whole lot of novels yet. Anyhow, enjoy the read!
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