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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Rider Press (March 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399158480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399158483
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 5.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,018,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for THE LION IS IN by Delia Ephron:
 
"One of the sharpest observers of human behavior around, Ephron, with her trademark mastery of smart, snappy dialogue, delivers a read-in-one-sitting, feel-good celebration of resiliency and hope."
Booklist
 
“Three women embark on a journey of self-discovery, facilitated by a giant feline, in Ephron’s whimsical but winsome third novel.”
Kirkus Reviews  
 
“Imagine if Siegfried & Roy had written Water for Elephants The Lion Is In is off to the races from the first sentence. [A] fun ride.”
Tampa Bay Times

“The best kind of chick lit — an engaging feminist romance from which the reader emerges with a welcome mood boost. Twinkling with wit and warmth, it also packs a moral punch: We need to forgive not just each other, but ourselves, make amends wherever we can and just ease the heck up already.”—Newark Star Ledger
 
“Ephron fans and newcomers alike will find plenty to enjoy in this fun, refreshing, and incredibly touching read.”—Publisher’s Weekly
 
“This wistfully wacky story features a stolen wedding dress, AA meetings, a driving instructor as romantic hero, a cranky nightclub owner and a God-fearing villain. As Marcel roars his wisdom, each woman becomes brave enough to free herself from her own cage.”—More
 
“Readers seeking a heartfelt, offbeat adventure will adore Ephron's fragile but feisty heroines…The perfect getaway for readers who long to reconnect with their inner selves, this quirky comedy's sense of wonder will delight and inspire.”—Shelf Awareness
 
“Sweet, satisfying, and worth the wait.”—New York Times Book Review

From the Back Cover

 Tracee is a runaway bride and kleptomaniac.  Lana's an audacious beauty and a recovering alcoholic.  Rita is a holy-roller minister's wife, desperate to escape her marriage and discover whether she actually has a mind of her own. 

One warm summer's night, these three women go on the lam together.  Their car breaks down on a rural highway in North Carolina and they're forced to seek shelter in a seemingly abandoned nightclub.  Which is where they meet Marcel.  And soon everything changes. 

Marcel, you see, is a lion, a retired circus performer stuck in a cage in this godforsaken roadhouse.  And through admiration - one might even say love - for Marcel, our heroines find a way to confront their complicated pasts and fight for the strange, embracing relationships they've formed out in the middle of nowhere.  They ultimately navigate their way back to their own hearts - and ours.

Written with the deftness, humor, and sparkling wit that have marked her books, plays, and movies, Delia Ephron's The Lion Is In is an unforgettable story of friendship, courage, love - and learning to salsa with the king of the jungle. 

More About the Author

Delia G. Ephron is a bestselling author, screenwriter, and playwright. Her movies include, You've Got Mail, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Hanging Up (based on her novel), and Michael. She has written novels for adults (Hanging Up and The Lion is In) and teenagers (Frannie in Pieces and The Girl with the Mermaid Hair), books of humor, (How to Eat Like a Child), and essays. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, O the Oprah Magazine, Vogue and MORE, and The Huffington Post. Recently she collaborated with her sister Nora Ephron on a play, Love, Loss, and What I Wore, which has run for over two years Off Broadway, and has been performed in cities across the US as well as in cities around the world including Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Manilla, and Sydney.

Customer Reviews

Great character development.
Judith
Also, if you are uncomfortable with mild erotica then I would suggest you just skip over those few paragraphs - do NOT skip this book because of that.
Lynn A. Davidson
It was an easy read that kept you hooked, as the pasts of each of the characters was revealed bit by bit.
Christina

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By simple sellers on April 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
" Everyone has an imagination, unless you have it stomped out of you."

I finished this in one setting, on a rainy saturday. Guess this came out of a dream. I hope this chick has more of these dreams, they are fun to read. This is seriously her best book. The characters were easy to channel into.Which is a quibble I have with some of her stuff. The writing flows and has a nice breezy style. I laughed at Rita's dry,observations about life and Tracee's tendency to believe everything she reads on the internet about health issues. ( My mother does this and I wish she would stop) I could relate to Lana's destructive behaviour and her grief at pushing the people she is trying to hold on to away from her because of life's wounds. Wished the book was longer. I was hoping they would give a little more screen time to Rita and Marcel. Marcel the lion, reminds me of my dog and sometimes we dance when I come home from work. Also Tracee's little problem needed to be dealt with. I liked the referance to The lion the witch and the wardrobe of the one character dancing to Julio Iglesias music with the lion , it was very special. I think guys and ladies a like will find at least one character to root for, it really made my day less crappy. Religious people might not like Lana's potty mouth and athiestic stance. Just telling you so you aren't suprised. It has a good message and you should read with a open mind.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By courtney jean on March 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I devoured this funny, magical novel in (just about) one sitting! By the end, I felt like I really knew and loved these women and I didn't want to say goodbye.

What I really liked is that this book is smart (as in, I'd be proud to read it in a coffee shop!) but also just really witty and irreverent. This would be the perfect gift to give my mom, sister, best friend--a good thing because mothers day is coming up and up until now I had no good gift ideas! :)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nora A. Williams on August 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm a toughie. I check the NYTimes, Washington Post and LA Times book review sections every Sunday, and make my list for the library every weekend. So I read a LOT of really good books. And this was exceptional. I couldn't put it down. Read it in an afternoon and evening. Didn't watch the final 8 dancers on SYTYCD. I just bloody loved it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I love novels on August 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
What a lovely book. At first I was thrown off because the typical story format (beginning, middle, end) was missing as I approached the middle of the book, but Delia's writing is so light, easy and imaginative that you want to keep going (I'm really glad I did). I'll keep this one in my library just to go back and read Delia's fantastic writing style.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Smith on May 23, 2013
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One of the most thought provoking, courageous books I have ever read. An actual GOOD story with an inspiring message for anyone who reads it. Took me half a day I could not put it down
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynn A. Davidson on August 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The story begins on a warm June day when two runaway women - Lana in a t-shirt and ripped jeans, Tracee in a wedding dress - suffer the inconvenience of a flat tire in rural North Carolina. Rita comes casually walking along in her Sunday best with no plan of where she is going, just somewhere, and after changing the flat Lana offers her a ride. What they don't know is they have rescued Rita. The truth is, each of the women has her secrets and fears and issues. Each is trying to get away from everything. Each is searching for ... something.

Renowned author, Delia Ephron, has created a scenario that, with humour, brings us into the lives of three women very different from one another, and the unique people they meet when they are unwillingly stuck in a dying town. And then there is Marcel, Marcel the lion, caged in a nearly down-and-out nightclub. It's Marcel that eventually plays a key role in this whole situation.

Lana, Tracee, and Rita certainly have their calamities and their clashes, but their determination to work things out in their lives and help each other in the process keeps them from having complete individual meltdowns. They each have to find a way to deal with their problems and fears and to let themselves trust again. In the process of self-realization they have a profound effect on certain others in the town. Trouble doesn't stay away, though, but you'll have to read for yourselves to find out what happens.

The Lion Is In is a story of change, challenge, and facing the lions in one's life. It is an easy, enjoyable read written in a casual style that keeps the reader wanting to know what's coming next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Haley's Comments on July 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is certainly not for everyone, but if you accept Marcel for who and what he is you will have a very enjoyable read. I liked seeing the friendship/honestly/trust grow among the three women, and the author ties it up nicely. All the characters have importance; some in a subtle way, but they all count. Somehow, the lion was never a scary figure for me and I saw myself as Rita -befriending him. If you need to have your fiction in black and white, then you may not agree w/my 5* review, but if you let your imagination take hold, you'll wonder where you can find your own Marcel.
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