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Appetite: A Novel Paperback – May 17, 2016
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"Appetite examines the different ways we seek satisfaction in our lives―some of us are hungry for power, others for love, and some find comfort in duty and tradition. This realistic and engrossing portrait of two generations is a promising first novel with wide appeal.”
“Sheila Grinell’s debut novel Appetite takes us into the heart of a family being torn apart by conflicting beliefs about what constitutes love, marriage, and success. Do parents have the right to try to stop an adult child from marrying if they see disaster looming, or should they back off and wait to pick up the pieces? In this tight, well-written novel, Grinell highlights the conflict between youthful idealism and adult disillusionment in ways that are both moving and thought-provoking.”
―Mary Mackey, author of the New York Times bestseller A Grand Passion
“Appetite is the story of the conflict between a boomer couple, Maggie and Paul Adler, and Jenn, their millennial daughter, over the daughter’s impending marriage to an Indian guru. It is an engrossing account of a struggle to find common ground about how life should be lived. Long-held principles can be lost, debased, and degraded over time, sometimes to disastrous effect, while hopeful and idealistic plans for the future remain untried. This intergenerational drama of relationships, both long-established and newly formed, makes for a gripping journey―not only for the characters but for the reader as well. Sheila Grinell has done a splendid job in this fascinating first novel.”
―Mickey Friedman, author of Hurricane Season
“In her debut novel, Sheila Grinell weaves a rich and sensual tapestry of individuals held together by devotion and duty. Taut and sexy, Appetite is a story about finding your own way and the magnetic appeal of youth, ambition, and freedom. A fun read that will leave you hungry for more.”
―Gina Gotsill, co-author of Surviving the Baby Boomer Exodus: Capturing Knowledge for Gen X and Y Employees
About the Author
Born in a taxi in Manhattan, Sheila Grinell studied at the Bronx High School of Science, Harvard University, and the University of California, Berkeley. Towards the end of her forty-year career as a creator of science museums, she began to write fiction. Appetite is her debut novel. She lives in Phoenix with her husband and dog. To learn more, visit www.sheilagrinell.com.
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(4) "She rose and left the room, trailing perfume that smelled like rotten fruit".
The story was good enough to take me to the end, but it was the wordsmithing that make me laugh with pleasure. I will certainly buy and try her next book. I do wonder about the title: APPETITE: A NOVEL
I read the ending twice to see if I had missed the resolution of the drama for any of the main characters. Nope. They are still circling my brain.
So, my Dear Author, did you name this book APPETITE because it would leave us wanting more? Yes? Success! Mission Accomplished.
But Appetite is full of surprises. Is Jenn’s lover Arun—the guru she met in India—a deep thinker, or a charlatan? Can Maggie’s neglectful husband Paul—“out of tune with her heart, in so many ways”—convince Jenn not to marry Arun…or will his narrow-mindedness drive the lovers even closer? And what’s the secret in their past that has Jenn’s parents on high alert?
Sheila Grinell’s novel skillfully interweaves perspectives and plotlines—the impending marriage and loss of a daughter, a tantalizing encounter with a sexy stranger, a biomedical research drama, infidelity. Writing with insight, warmth and telling detail, Grinell gives us an intimate view of the hopes and fears that tie a family together…and push them apart.