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Love Slave Paperback – September 4, 2012
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"Love Slave by Jennifer Spiegel rounds out my list [for Best Books of 2012]. . . . I assumed it would be a chick-littish narrative that I would forget as soon as I put it down. Instead of that, Love Slave turns out to be an engaging look at 90s-era Manhattan from an advice columnist yearning for more out of life (steady career, maybe grad school), but who is afraid of leaving the Village (which she considers the center of American, maybe global, culture). Reviewers [The Washington Post] have likened it to Sex and the City, but Spiegel digs much deeper, and the results are much more amusing and affecting." - David Duhr, for Chamber Four, in his picks for Best Books of 2012
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Jennifer Spiegel is a fiction writer and English professor. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids. She reads a lot, tries to buy mostly organic food, and drinks strong coffee with cream. She may stop coloring her hair soon, but there's no guarantee. You can find links to stories and quite a bit more information at www.jenniferspiegel.com.
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Like her collection of Short Stories, The Freak Chronicles, Love Slave will make you laugh out loud through tears. I especially enjoyed the ending, not forced, not open ended, but finished, complete, leaving the reader satisfied and glad they got to know Sybil and Rob. Spiegel has a way of being raw, in your face, sexual and sweet at the same time. Her writing is a work of art. We shall be hearing more from this author.
"Love Slave" is a profound narrative of what it's like to be an outsider in a big city. The story is gripping and entertaining, rich in nineties pop culture and current events. Someday, it might even become a historical novel. The characters are three dimensional and amazingly interesting. The setting is vivid and will transport you into Manhattan in all it's glamour, hipness, and decay. The language is witty with laugh-out-loud remarks. The freaks are freaky. Woody Allen comes to mind.
As a graphic designer, I have to say the typography is awesome throughout. The book is so pretty I feel like carrying it around like a wallet for everyone to see. Yes, I'm a freak for cover design and I don't like to buy ugly books. I love how Sybil's "Abscess" column is laid out as in a newspaper. While reading it, I imagined myself sitting in various parts of the island with a cup of coffee and a copy of "New York Shock" in my hands.
Buy it; you'll appreciate its genius. And get a copy of Spiegel's "The Freak Chronicles," which is just as inspiring, yet completely unique.
Spiegel's characters, although confused, are rich and relatable with honesty, compassion, quirkiness--and dead-end jobs. Like Spiegel's attention to detail in describing the city, the character's attire brands the character's personalities and reminds us of times gone by.
Because of Spiegel's command of writing, this novel is more than a beach read--but a good beach read. I laughed and I cried. The story is easy to relate to, as most of have been a love slave.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read it all at once on an airplane and enjoyed it thoroughly. This writer is a real pro with a great future.Published on April 27, 2013 by Joseph Bell
I figured being a 30 year old woman who is still stuck in the 90s would make this my new favorite book. Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by Critter
Set in nineties New York when the craziness of the streets is mirrored in the craziness of life in this vibrant city. Read morePublished on September 13, 2012 by jaffareadstoo