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Product Details

  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse; 2nd edition (January 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462059600
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462059607
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,193,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I have a very personal feeling about this book. It touches me and grants me the privilege of access to its romantic heroine's inner life as she arrives at a post-Woodstock womanhood in Hoboken, no less." -Bob Fass, WBAI-FM

"Wetzel's writing style is easy and conversational, her scenes realistic. She does more than bring the reader to her characters; she brings her characters to the reader." The Westfield Leader

About the Author

Florence Wetzel was born in 1962 in Brooklyn, New York. She grew up in Westfield, New Jersey, and attended Barnard College in New York City, where she studied with writer B. J. Chute. She is the author of several novels, as well as a book of poems and memoir tales. Ms. Wetzel is also a jazz journalist: she is also the coauthor of clarinetist Perry Robinson's autobiography, and she writes CD and book reviews for AllAboutJazz.com and SquidsEar.com.

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Florence Wetzel was born in 1962 in Brooklyn, New York. She grew up in Westfield, New Jersey, and attended Barnard College in New York City, where she studied with writer B. J. Chute. She is the author of several novels, as well as a book of poems and memoir tales. Ms. Wetzel is also a jazz journalist: she is the coauthor of clarinetist Perry Robinson's autobiography, and she writes CD and book reviews for AllAboutJazz.com and SquidsEar.com.

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A great story that stays on track to the very end. You become enamored in finding out what her next life event will be. Florence is a great and vivid story teller. She allows a view into Madeline's sex life without being raunchy.
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"Madeline" is a wonderful romance about an ebullient and sometimes naively misguided heroine. I really enjoyed it and especially loved the Bella-Robert-Madeline family trio, with neighbor Michael as part of it. The characters all felt real to me and are carefully written. The character of Alison was really great too; I will never forget that used-teabag bit (you have to read about it to believe it!). This one small action illustrates much about Alison and her life.

And I loved the whole 80s flashback: the clothes, the grungy rock lifestyle, and the well-paid temp jobs that involve very little work. And Hoboken itself springs to life on the pages of this lovely book, which reveals a quiet wisdom about finding happiness in life.
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Madeline: A Novel of Love, Buddhism, and Hoboken by former Westfield resident, Florence Wetzel has been reincarnated.
Wetzel recently re-released the book, which was originally published in 2003, in both paper and e-book format.
It is the story of twenty-seven year old Madeline Boot, a writer who longs for spiritual centeredness after reading Thomas Merton.
When Madeline's six month self-imposed spiritual retreat of juice fasts, meditation and solitary living in a small Jersey shore community backfires, she returns to Hoboken and resumes living with her sister and brother-in-law.
On the rebound from her "religious phase," Madeline reenters the world of temporary employment, up-and - coming rock stars, and the music scene that defined Hoboken in the late 1980's.
It's also a world of romance, sex, rejected manuscripts, and a healthy dose of the game, Scrabble.
But mostly, Madeline is a story about love, and how it transforms us and helps us grow.
Inspired in part by Jane Austen's Emma, Madeline gives its readers a refreshing new take on that age-old enigma: why is it that love always seems to make an appearance in the most unexpected places?
Wetzel's writing style is easy and conversational, her scenes realistic. She does more than bring the reader to her characters; she brings her characters to the reader.
One example of this is found in Chapter 5, "Blind Date." As part of Madeline's return, and her becoming "a woman, not a saint," she ends up on a blind dinner date at Maxwell's with a man from Queens named Frank.
Anyone who has ever been on a blind date can feel the pain, yet see the humor in this restaurant scene. It's like you are there, at the next table, overhearing their conversation.
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I found this book to be very revealing into what goes through the mind of an intelligent woman in the dating process. The noting of imcompatibilities, the caution, the confusion, the risk and the consequences of mistakes. This is probably a book for intellectuals, romance at the PhD level.
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