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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Penumbra Publishing (May 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935563890
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935563891
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,904,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rita Plush is a writer, interior designer, and instructor of the decorative arts. She lives in Queens, New York, with her husband. Her short stories have appeared in the Alaska Quarterly Review, Iconoclast, Passager, The MacGuffin, and others. She is available for readings, book clubs and online interviews. Contact her at www.ritaplush.com.

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Thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable!
Ellen
The opportunity to do something meaningful or something she is good at comes into her life unexpectedly and it changes her.
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There's a depth to her characters that's palpable,...believable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BigAl on October 5, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I describe Lily Steps Out as "women's fiction," rather than chick-lit, because in chick-lit the protagonist may have a love interest with a portion of the story working out how or if that relationship works into the rest of her life, but she isn't normally married to him. Other than that, this reads a lot like chick-lit. Lily Gold is married and has lived a traditional life (even old-fashioned by today's standards) as a wife, mother, and homemaker. I think she was happy with that life, but with her son building a career and her husband retired, Lily is ready for more, even if her husband is happy with things the way they are.

Lily's search for something to give her life new purpose and how (or even if) to fit that in with her current life, has much in common with chick-lit. Lots of humor (both from some idiosyncratic secondary characters and Lily herself), some soul searching, and plenty of conflict, all combine into a story that is both entertaining and enlightening.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maris H Blechner on January 16, 2014
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Who doesn't want to read about a woman finally moving into the life she should always have had! Then, when that woman (and her creator) provide wit, deep emotion, and a huge amount of interesting antique and collectible information, what could be bad. Go Lily, and Go Rita! Let's have more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheri on October 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
I had the unique pleasure of narrating the audio version of "Lily Steps Out."
Contrary to what one might believe, my opinion is not at all biased.
We, as narrators, don't HAVE TO enjoy the books we narrate. But I enjoyed this one...
IMMENSELY! Giving voice to this wonderful cast of characters required that I get
"inside" them, adding a dimension that doesn't exist in printed form. Rita (Plush) made
my job easier by creating a story I immediately found both engaging and entertaining.
There's a depth to her characters that's palpable,...believable. I could relate to them,
as each struggled in their own way to find their personal truth.
For a while, after I completed the project, I found myself missing them...they had
become such a part of me.
Thanks, Rita, for taking me along on the journey.
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Lily and Leon Gold are at a critical point in their marriage. Leon has retired, their son has left the nest, and Lily finds herself feeling stifled and frustrated by her very existence.

She thinks a job might just do the trick. But when she begins working at Walter's antique store, she discovers so much more. She resumes her art history studies and realizes that she has the knowledge and knack for the business. But Walter seems stuck and resistant to her proposal to move the shop to an old house in an area undergoing gentrification.

Leon is also stubbornly refusing to part with any cash to help Lily create her dream.

So what can Lily do? Desperation is the mother of creativity in this situation, and the unique ways that Lily, and eventually Walter, begin to formulate their plan for Lily Gold's Renaissance, a store for vendors and their wares, are signs of how one can achieve any dream with enough persistence and ingenuity.

Lily Steps Out is a delightful tale of one woman's journey to finding herself and escaping her husband's tyrannical control. Along the way, she also discovers that sometimes you have to let go in order to move on. It took a while for me to get into this story, as the beginning plodded along a bit, but once Lily "stepped out," I was rooting for her. 4.0 stars.
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"A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review."

Lily Steps Out was a light read. It was creative and refreshing. I enjoyed reading this book and am thankful to Rita for providing me a copy to review it. I admire Lily for going after her independence. Trying to keep that after finding it while being the person everyone once knew or still expected her to be was a great challenge. I think Rita added such character and realism to the story. I think both older and young people can enjoy this book. I sure did and look forward to reading more of Rita's works as she proves age is only a number in Lily Steps Out!
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It’s fun to follow along as she creates her place in a changed world and reshapes her relationships. Lilly is warm, smart and a little sarcastic. I really did enjoy our time together.
Marian Busby
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By lady g on December 17, 2013
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This is a true to life story.Lily Gold is an "empty nester" who decides it is time to make something of her life. I think a lot of women go through this once our children are grown and our job as a parent is done. What do we do now? Lily is tired of just being a house wife so she tries to find the perfect job for her. She finds it is not easy and her husband is not going to support her in this goal.A fast paced read, some laugh out loud moments, some of the characters were like able some weren't.I really loved this book, i cheered Lily on i really wanted her to succeed in her new life.I look forward to reading more books by Rita Plush.
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Lily Steps Out by Rita Plush

True to life story of Lily Gold, an "empty nester" who decides it is time to make something of her life. Tired of being just a housewife she sets out to find the perfect job. She finds it is not so easy and she will have to do this without the support of her husband.

Fast paces read. Likable characters, some not. Laugh out loud moments as well. A fun read I really enjoyed, I could not help but cheer on Lily wanting her to succeed in her new life.

*I was gifted a copy of Lily Steps out.
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