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The Manicurist [Kindle Edition]

Phyllis Scheiber
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Tessa and Walter have, by all appearances, the perfect marriage. And they seem to be ideal parents for their somewhat rebellious teenage daughter, Regina. Without warning, however, their comfortable lives are thrown into turmoil when a disturbing customer comes into the salon where Tessa works as a manicurist. Suddenly, Tessa's world is turned upside down as revelations come to light about the mother she thought had abandoned her in childhood and the second sight that she so guardedly seeks to keep from others.
Phyllis Schieber's first novel, Strictly Personal, for young adults, was published by Fawcett-Juniper. Willing Spirits was published by William Morrow. The Sinner's Guide to Confession was published by Berkley Putnam in 2008. Her short story, The Stocking Store, appears in Bell Bridge Books' 2011 anthology, The Firefly Dance.

Married and a mother, Phyllis Schieber lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

Product Details

  • File Size: 533 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611940451
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (July 25, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IE1GCO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,668 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Polished Writer September 23, 2011
This is another satisfying novel from Schieber offering the right balance of mystery and believability. The generational impact of maternal mental illness is explored gently and with humor. These are real, ordinary people who you might actually know. Her characters are vivid. The nuances and emotions between mothers and daughters, husbands and wives are so beautifully captured through Schieber's clear and controlled writing. As in her first novel, WILLING SPIRITS, I laughed and cried with self-recognition. She knows women. Schieber is a shining star on the rise in literary fiction. She really nailed it with THE MANICURIST.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing, smart fiction September 18, 2011
This is the best novel I've read in years. I've read Phyllis Schieber's previous novels, and I guess that makes me a huge fan of her work. Buy this book if you are interested in complex, compelling characters and a story that has deep meaning for us all.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe I got this free September 24, 2011
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Not my ususal type of read, but the most original and compelling book I have read in years. I thouroughly enjoyed this book and reccommend.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Annoying Dialogue and Typos October 16, 2011
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I don't know how it got so many great reviews, either. The many typos were distracting, and the dialogue was stiff and unnatural. I still don't know if her husband was warm and loving or critical and unfeeling. I really wanted to enjoy this book because the plot was appealing, but I found it tedious to read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Constant Flashbacks October 13, 2011
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I am loathe to leaving a negative review, I usually rather not leave one, but I can't explain to myself why this book got so many five star reviews. It's not that the writing is bad, per se, it's just that the never ending flashbacks keep dragging me out of the story. The flashbacks interrupt the action and collapse the momentum of the story; in the end, I couldn't get past the first 20% of the book. This was one of the most poorly architectured books I have ever read.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Hit for Phyllis Schieber September 22, 2011
By grace
"The Manicurist" is truly compelling. I recommended it to my Book Club and this group of women, who typically cannot agree on anything, are all looking forward to reading the book for our January meeting. Everyone is enthusiastic after reading an excerpt from the story and knowing of Phyllis Schieber's great storytelling...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars . Beautiful story, amazing characters.walden0284 September 27, 2011
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Just finished The Manicurist what an amazing story.I really wondered why it was getting 5 stars by so many people but as I kept reading and decided that it's not a fantasy or paranormal book at all I started having second thoughts. Phyllis Schieber has done a outstanding job on what it is like to live with or know someone who is bipolar. From the rollarcoaster rides, to them not wanting to take the medication to them taking it and feeling better so they think that they don't need it anymore, to having to put them in the hospital for their own safety as well as everyone else after you find out they stopped taking it. The manic ups and the depressing lows If you know someone who loves someone who is bipolar and want to know what that family MAY be dealing with read the book
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't understand 5 star reviews at all October 6, 2011
By Kate
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I rarely disagree with the masses but in this instance I did. The book never went anywhere and was so over the top melodramatic. I felt like the characters were repeatedly having the same conversation over and over again and going nowhere. I didn't care about any of them. The plot never developed but then there were other elements in the story that should have been and weren't. I just didn't get it perhaps but for me a 2 review means the writing was good but I wish I hadn't read it. In the end it wasn't worth my time. Sorry.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not what I expected but good.
Published 4 months ago by debra lowe
4.0 out of 5 stars the Manicurist
the ending was a little far fetched but I enjoyed the history introducedin every chapter. I would still recommended it.
Published 5 months ago by Cristina Zimmerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great product.
Published 6 months ago by Shira Corcoran
3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to read
This book was not easy to read at all. I just held out to see how it would end. I can't say I am happy at all.
Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my kind of book
I wouldn't recommend it. A little far fetched for me. Thought it was a waste of time and money. Should have picked something else.
Published 15 months ago by Patty
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and Light
Just received a compliment today on this scent - love it Would highly recommend this to anyone looking for something light and clean smelling
Published 16 months ago by K. Moreno
1.0 out of 5 stars Painfully awkward
The first thing that ruined this book for me was the line that referred to Peach Daiquiri colored nail polish as lilac. What?? I've never seen a purple peach! Read more
Published 18 months ago by HeatherLeah
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely well written...
Loved this book and it kept me reading from the moment I picked it up. At times it does get a bit too wordy but the ending was good.
Published 18 months ago by carrottop
1.0 out of 5 stars This book made me ANGRY!
I finished this book last night and I was mad at myself for not paying heed to the reviewers who said it was tedious, that it didn't go anywhere, that the dialog was repetitive,... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Esterica
1.0 out of 5 stars Snoozefest
Yawn. This storyline had so much potential but it fizzled at about 40%. I stuck it out for awhile to see if it would improve, but it did not. What a waste of time.
Published 23 months ago by Sofia Leo
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More About the Author

The first great irony of my life was that I was born in a Catholic hospital. My parents, survivors of the Holocaust, had settled in the South Bronx among other new immigrants. My mother was apparently so nervous she barely slept the entire time she was in the hospital, fearing her fair-skinned, blue-eyed newborn would be switched with another baby. When my paternal grandfather, an observant Jew, came to see his newest granddaughter in the hospital, he was so uncertain of how to behave around the kindly nuns that he tipped his yarmulke to them each time one passed. It was in this haze of paranoia and neuroses, as well as black humor, that the makings of a writer were initiated.

In the mid-fifties, my family moved to Washington Heights, an enclave for German Jews, known as 'Frankfurt-on-the-Hudson.' The area offered scenic views of the Hudson River and the Palisades, as well as access to Fort Tryon Park and the mysteries of the Cloisters. I graduated from George Washington High School. Among its famous graduates was Henry Kissinger, former US Secretary of State (my grandmother played cards with his mother at the YMWHA on Nagle Avenue).

I graduated from high school at sixteen, went on to Bronx Community College, transferred to and graduated from Herbert H. Lehman College with a B.A. in English and a New York State license to teach English. I earned my M.A. in Literature from New York University and later my M.S. as a developmental specialist from Yeshiva University. I have worked as a high school English teacher, a special education teacher, and as a learning disabilties specialist in several college programs.

Reading was the first line of defense against anything I did not want to do. 'I'm reading,' was an excuse my parents never challenged. Education was paramount in our home. There were weekly trips to the library, and the greatly anticipated Friday afternoon story hour. Everything about words seemed interesting and important.. I could make sense of the world if I put it on paper. I could even make the world better; people could become smarter and more attractive, and I could make people laugh and cry at will. Writng was powerful. I thought in stories, answered questions in my head and added, 'she said' at the end of a sentence. I still do.
My first novel , Strictly Personal, for young adults, was published by Fawcett-Juniper. Willing Spirits was published by William Morrow. My most recent novel, The Sinner's Guide to Confession, will be published by Berkley Putnam on July 1, 2008. In March 2008, Berkley Putnam will issue the first paperback publication of Willing Spirits.

Phyllis Schieber lives in Westchester County, New York She works privately with students, teaching writing, and is currently working on a new novel.

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