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About the Author

Golda Fried grew up in Toronto and then went to university in Montreal where she wrote poetry and was involved in spoken-word events like the Lollapalooza festival in 1994. Her collection of stories, Darkness Then a Blown Kiss, was published in 1998 and was listed as one of the ten best books of the year by NOW Magazine. She has been teaching freshman composition for the last three years in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Coach House Books; 1 edition (May 19, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552451518
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552451519
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #829,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Golda Fried is the author of "Nellcott is My Darling" which was nominated for a Governor General's award for fiction in 2005 in Canada. She also is the author of a collection of short stories called "Darkness Then a Blown Kiss" illustrated by the very cool Vesna Mostovac. Nellcott is currently in development for a film adaptation. Follow the progress on Twitter @NellcottMovie or on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/NellcottisMyDarlingMovie. Learn more about the book at http://www.goldafried.com. Follow Fried's film reviews on her blog: Residue Film Reviews at http://www.residuefilmreviews.blogspot.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By donnadune on August 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
Golda is so funny and deep at the same time. Her metaphors are wonderful...."'Stay away from boys, her dad said. They will only rape you and leave you with nothing.' Her parents looked back and forth at each other and then at Alice. Alice felt like running, like calling Nellcot, but he would somehow find out where they were and show up at their table like a spilt drink."

As I read the book, I felt each scene as if I were in it myself...."Allegra yanked Alice to the women's bathroom. Their trips to the bathroom were becoming familiar. Allegra spent ten minutes putting on her deep raspberry-bruise lipstick and then kissed Alice on the cheek, making Alice feel like a substitute tissue."

The truth about how confusing relationships can be is easily understood in this charming story....

"'Why don't you ever call me?' he asked her.

'You usually call me. You don't even have an answering machine if I did call you.'

'You could call me at work.'

'But you're working.'

'French girls are much more aggressive.'

'What does that mean?'

'It means, I guess we're going to have to practice this. I'm going to go home now and you're going back to your dorm and you are going to call me.'

'Will you answer?'

"We'll have to see.' He went home.

And I have felt just like this many times...but Golda Fried put it in such original terms......

"'I don't need another guy or anyone else telling me what to do. What do you tell people about me? Does he know I'm a virgin too?'

'Um'.

'God, Nellcot, Lovers should not bring their love to the light.'

'We aren't lovers.'

Ouch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Justin James Morgan on August 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
Who knew that such dreamy decsriptions of love, longing, and life could be so achingly accurate. Golda Fried writes from the corners of her heart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dena Harris on November 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
I love reading books like this because they make me think I'm part of some cool, hip crowd that "gets" these books. Fried writes in minimalist terms, yet that doesn't keep both the story and characters from having a whallop of an impact. I found myself thinking about Alice for weeks after I'd finished the book--replaying some of the scenes and dialogue in my mind. "Nellcott is My Darling" is up for a major book award in Canada and after reading it, it's easy to see why. This is a gifted author and I look forward to reading her next novel.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Pratt on November 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
Golda Fried takes us deep inside of Alice Charles, her incredibly fresh and naïve character who takes our heart and makes us remember every awkward moment of the path toward womanhood. Alice, our hero, is unsure of herself and awkwardly waiting to have her first real love. When she finally finds him, she has just one problem: her virginity. Nellcott, Alice's first love, is really no darling at all. The sweet Alice is instantly drawn to his "bad-boy" appeal; he is drawn to her naiveté and sweetness, like dark to light. To his credit, though, the eyeliner- wearing aspiring rocker does not take Alice's virginity lightly. He is surprisingly patient, despite his shock at her virginity.

" What were you doing all of high school?" he asks upon her confession, which occurs just moments before he is poised to make love with his boots still on.

Despite her attempts to be a bohemian Montreal girl, Alice is still very much her parent's daughter, the same loving parents, who, after replacing Alice with a dog, lovingly attempt to find out if their daughter is still a virgin during their Thanksgiving meal by asking outright: " Everyone at this table who's had sex before, raise your hand." A mortified Alice freezes as their hands shoot straight up in the air.

In an era where children grow up entirely too fast, and middle-schoolers "do it" routinely and without pause, it is nice to know Alices do exist, as rare as they may be. Like Alice, they too struggle their sexuality and their need to define themselves as women, and not just as daughters.

Thank you, Golda Fried, for giving us a wonderland in Alice, who is both our darling and our hero.
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