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Past Perfect: A Novel Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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First, here's what the critics say::
AFiction done well and done with a difference...A sophisticated storyteller, with a wry view of the world.@ - Washington Post
AJane Austen brought up to date...Highly amusing.@ - Atlantic Monthly
ASusan Isaacs is a witty, wry observer of the contemporary scene.@ - New York Times Book Review
ASardonic humor and dead-on commentary.@ - Houston Chronicle
ASusan Isaacs knows the art of dialogue the way J.S. Bach knew the art of the fugue.@ - Seattle Times
Blockbuster writers tend to be no more than terrific storytellers. Susan Isaacs=s talents go far beyond that. She is a witty, insightful, and elegant writer.@ - Mademoiselle
AI can think of no other novelist--popular or highbrow--who consistently celebrates female gutsiness, brains and sexuality. She=s Jane Austen with a schmear.@ Maureen Corrigan- National Public Radio Fresh Air
AWho....., is our best popular novelist? The nominee for this quarter is Susan Isaacs....[She] is a comic realist, an astute chronicler of contemporary life in the tradition of....Anthony Trollope.@ - Sun Sentinel
Susan Isaacs, novelist, essayist and screenwriter, was born in Brooklyn and educated at Queens College. She worked as an editorial assistant at Seventeen magazine writing everything from book reviews to advice to the lovelorn. In 1968, Susan married Elkan Abramowitz, then a federal prosecutor. She became a senior editor but left Seventeen in 1970 to stay home with her newborn son, Andrew. Three years later, she gave birth to Elizabeth. During this time she freelanced, writing political speeches as well as magazine articles.
In the mid-seventies, Susan got the urge to write a novel. A year later she began Compromising Positions, a whodunit set on suburban Long Island. It was published in. Her second novel, Close Relations, a love story set against a background of ethnic, sexual and New York Democratic politics (thus a comedy), was published in. Her third, Almost Paradise, was published in 1984. All of Susan's novels have been New York Times bestsellers. Her fiction has been translated into thirty languages.
In 1985, she wrote the screenplay for Paramount's Compromising Positions, which starred Susan Sarandon and Raul Julia. She also wrote and co-produced Disney's Hello Again. The 1987 comedy starred Shelley Long and Gabriel Byrne.
Her fourth novel, Shining Through, set during World War II, was published in 1988. The film adaptation starred Michael Douglas and Melanie Griffith. Then came Magic Hour January 1991, After All These Years in 1993. Lily White in 1996 and Red, White and Blue in 1998. In 1999, Susan came out with her first work of nonfiction, Brave Dames and Wimpettes: What Women Are Really Doing on Page and Screen. During 2000, she wrote a series of columns on the presidential campaign for Newsday. Long Time No See, a sequel to Compromising Positions, came out in September 2001. Anyplace I Hang My Hat, was published in 2004. Past Perfect is her eleventh novel.
Susan Isaacs is a recipient of the Writers for Writers Award and the John Steinbeck Award. She serves as chairman of the board of Poets & Writers and is a past president of Mystery Writers of America. She is also a member of the National Book Critics Circle, The Creative Coalition, PEN, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the International Association of Crime Writers, and the Adams Round Table. Besides writing innumerable book reviews, Susan has also written about politics, film and First Amendment issues. She lives on Long Island with her husband.
Top Customer Reviews
But she cannot forget the fact that she was fired from the CIA for no apparent reason....a call from a former colleague (that she didn't even like) promises to shed some light on her release, and Katie begins to dig and dig, in a way I can only describe as paranoid.
2 stars instead of 1 for the great character that is Katie's father! I like the fact that Isaacs takes time between her novels (instead of producing one a year) so that she can develop a great story and a sassy heroine. This time, she failed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really like Susan Isaac's writing. But while this book had a really good plot, and she's really good ar characterization, this one was too wordy. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Alex
I tried to stick with this book for as long as I could - but, 30 chapters into a 35 chapter book, I just quit reading. One half of the two-pronged plot (1) Why did I get fired? Read morePublished 14 months ago by fab 50-something
The main character is a woman fired from FBI years ago. She never knew why, she never accepted it. So many years later, she might know the reason why. Read morePublished 20 months ago by ElenaDelfina
Susan Isaacs is an intelligent writer who can create suspense and retain a sense of the ridiculous. She resonates with my childhood fantasies.Published on November 18, 2013 by Diane K. Taylor
I've been a big fan of Susan Isaacs for years, but this novel simply doesn't measure up to her earlier work. Read morePublished on October 10, 2013 by Beth Quinn Barnard
An exciting idea overloaded with numerous characters makes it a plot lost and turns it into a very ordinary tale...Published on June 25, 2013 by sreelata menon
A book I had long wanted to read. Susan Isaacs is a fine writer who entertains and infrequently disappoints. The book has interesting points to make about relationships.Published on February 3, 2013 by Gail L. Gans
Excellent as are all of Isaac's books!! Her stories are amusing and entertaining. The family dynamics never fail to make you laugh.Published on September 22, 2012 by Betsy
CD/abridged/Mystery?: Big disappointment. I got this for two bucks at the library sale because I had listened to another Issac's book. Read morePublished on June 1, 2012 by Bravewarrior