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Flirting in Cars Paperback – August 7, 2007
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"Alisa Kwitney's cross-cultural love story is intelligent, funny, and sexy."
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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).
Top Customer Reviews
Kwitney first three novels were more comical and sensuous and with her second more serious novel, she proves that she can handle both genres. While the subject matter is more serious, she gives Zoe a sense of humor that emerges through her vulnerability, making her a more human character. In addition to dealing with Maya's dyslexia, she also has to contend with the disintegration of her own relationship with her parents who disowned her when she had a baby out of wedlock, taking on a local politician who has sold out his constituents, forging new friendships, as well as facing her own fears and phobias. I found the story to be sensual and heartwarming at the same time, relishing the relationship between mother and daughter as they both grow so much in a town they didn't realize would have such an effect on them.
© Tracy Vest, September 2008
First and foremost the book focuses on the relationship of Zoe Goren and her daughter Maya. Because that is the reason Zoe is ripped from her favorite place of all time--the city. She's a single mom looking out for her daughter (and her daughter's education with dyslexia) so they head from middle of the city, to smack dab into the country. But not without some difficulty. And when I say difficulty, culture shock is only half of it. Zoe can't drive. Oh and wild animals? Yeah, not so friendly when they are in your house. Even if you do have a cat around.
This book delivered a lot of punch for its 323 pages. I fell in love with Zoe. Her honesty, bluntness, and to-hell-with-you attitude (listen, this woman? Yeah, she knows what she wants and goes after it. No excuses made). And her daughter Maya. Well, I think every woman can identify with her self-confidence issues. I mean who likes to be 13 and not fit in? No one. Then suddenly you find yourself fitting in somewhere... well it can only be called sweetness. And this is where the book thrives. Mother/daughter relationships. Parenting, and how we make some tough choices sometimes, that can hinder dreams and hopes we thought we had. It's all there, wrapped in this great relationship of a hard-working, dedicated mom and her daughter (I can only hope for so much with my daughter).
But I am forgetting something. The whole Out-of-City aspect of the book! Hey, I did the opposite. I moved from the rural Upper Peninsula of Michigan and landed myself in Chicago. Sure it was the 'Burbs, but for anyone that has done that little conversion.Read more ›
Zoe eventually agrees to take driving lessons from sexy Mack, even though she still has her misgivings about the process. Once they start flirting, then dating, both of them have to deal with their own stereotypes and intimacy issues, along with expectations for the future. Kwitney paints Mack equally as well as someone in conflict between how he's thought of by those around him, and who he is and aspires to be, as a man torn between the world he left in Iraq and his home. Zoe opens up new intellectual worlds to him, but also reminds him that they are very different and wonders whether they can bridge the gap. An environmental issue in the town draws them and their neighbors into action, while they both get to know each other and spar with each other.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Engaging characters and plot made FLIRTING IN CARS very enjoyable. It’s a nice combination of romance, humor, a bit of mystery and sensuality. Read morePublished 9 months ago by MCB
I found out about this author from a Cusie reference. Kwitney's books precede and possibly set the style for author's like Cusie and Gibbons. That's just a guess. Read morePublished on February 4, 2014 by Lois Feron
Alisa Kwitney's FLIRTING IN CARS packs far more punch than the title implies. I expected a fluffy romance novel and found so much more: an intelligent, enormously readable book,... Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by Klara B. Sauer