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At the start of this quietly funny, slightly mysterious novel of discovering one's roots from bestseller Fowler (The Jane Austen Book Club), 29-year-old Rima Lanisell visits her estranged godmother, Addison Early, in Addison's house by the sea, Wit's End, in storied Santa Cruz, Calif. Addison, the wildly successful but cautiously private author of the Maxwell Lane mysteries, was once the girlfriend of Rima's recently deceased father, Bim, for whom a character in the series is named. For each novel, Addison first constructs a dollhouse diorama that depicts what will be the principal murder scene, but her upcoming novel and its dollhouse are uncharacteristically delayed. By weeding through decades-old correspondence with eccentric fans and the contemporary channels of online forums, Rima slowly discovers the truth behind Addison's novels and that Rima herself is a topic of interest among Maxwell Lane devotees. As Fowler analyzes our modern-day relationship to novels and writers' relationship to their readers, the line between fiction and reality blurs-real people become characters in another's blog as fictional characters become real to the fans that fetishize them. Author tour. (Apr.)
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"Fowler's understated wit and storytelling skills are in full flower."
-The Boston Globe
"[A] Rubik's cube of a book...this is venturesome work."
-The Seattle Times
"Fowler's subtle humor glides across these pages."
-The Washington Post
"[A] cyber-gothic-mystery-romance (you heard it coined here), and it's a lovely read."
-The Sunday Oregonian
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
I really really enjoyed this book, the characters were interesting, no one was cliched, intelligent... Read morePublished 2 months ago by K. McLeod
Imaginative, filled with quirky characters, hard to put down. Way better than her Jane Austen book, but I thought the same of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, too.Published 2 months ago by Jerio
I read The Sweetheart Season about ten years ago and then We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves a few months ago. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Roxanne
I read this because I loved "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves." It's not bad, but it's just not very engaging. Read morePublished 16 months ago by pistachio
Ms. Fowler' s wry humour is a delight. Her characters are people I know in my life. I am not a fan of mystery novels, but this mystery kept me curious til the very end. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Margaret Muth
Pretty good story. Odd ending. If you know Santa Cruz you will love this book. If you love a murder mystery you will be amused.Published on August 2, 2013 by kid Katz
Having enjoyed the author's previous books, I expected this one to also be an enjoyable read. But it proved anything but. Read morePublished on August 26, 2011 by B. Fallon
I can picture this book as an enchanting woman. Capricious, delightful, witty and full of mystery. And to me it was well worth the pins and needles in my lower extremities to have... Read morePublished on September 6, 2010 by Lavanya Ramanujan
Rima Lanisell is 29 years old when she arrives to visit her godmother, famous mystery novelist Addison Early, in Santa Cruz, California. Read morePublished on June 9, 2010 by Bookreporter