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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Unbridled Books (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609530829
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609530822
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,068,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Spiegel's novel evokes the psychic angst of Manhattanites presumptuous enough to describe themselves as struggling artistes, yet entitled enough to melt down when they can't order breakfast in a diner after 11am...the writing is fresh and witty, and Sybil is a sympathetic character worthy of rooting for as she searches for something to believe in."  - Publishers Weekly 
             
"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

About the Author

Jennifer Spiegel is the author of The Freak Chronicles (short stories) and Love Slave (a novel). She also blogs at "Bosco's Going Down," and she's half of Snotty Literati with Lara Smith.  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. Visit her at jenniferspiegel.com.

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Jennifer Spiegel has an MA in Politics from New York University, and an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Arizona State. She teaches college classes and writes. She is the author of two books, THE FREAK CHRONICLES (June 2012, Dzanc Books) and LOVE SLAVE (September 2012, Unbridled Books). She lives with her husband and two kids in Arizona. Please visit her at www.jenniferspiegel.com.

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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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Her writing is a work of art.
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Jennifer Spiegel has a way of planting important questions about life so that you end up on your own path of self-discovery alongside her characters.
MP
The characters are three dimensional and amazingly interesting.
Juliana Swenson

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MP on August 21, 2012
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Jennifer Spiegel has a way of planting important questions about life so that you end up on your own path of self-discovery alongside her characters. I felt as if Sybil(the main character) was very relatable and could be to many others, I mean, everyone wonders about their future and what they're contributing to the world, everyone wants to shake things up in their lives once in a while, and most come to terms with the fact that their grandiose ideas will probably never come to fruition, but they can still be happy anyway, right?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gmsart on August 22, 2012
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This novel by Ms.Spiegel, is refreshing, poignant, and filled with identifiable characters, young idealists and cynics alike, who learn to view the world in its clarity and realistic settings through difficult and trying times.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Juliana Swenson on October 21, 2012
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The reviewers in this group have done a fine job describing the story, so I'm just going to give you my overall impression.

"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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 19, 2012
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Love Slave is a smart read for those who remember being 20-something and searching for meaning in their lives. The 1995 Manhattan setting is intriguing with NYC staples and an array of hip cafes, music venues, and retro diners. Provocative and realistic events are scattered throughout the story that sustain the narrative and keep it from slowing.

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.
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