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Caesar II: The Official Strategy Guide (Secrets of the Games Series) Paperback – November 22, 1995
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
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Mandelbaum's lukewarm attempt at literary chick lit (after Garrett in Wedlock) stars Adriane Gelki, a confused, single woman approaching her 30s, stumbling through life's myriad complications and discovering her potential at odd intervals. Though gainfully employed at the Baltimore mayor's Office of Neighborhood Enhancement, Adriane's got issues: the daughter of a double-suicide, her feelings of abandonment permeate her life. Her attempts to "live a little" begin when she propositions an undercover cop as a joke, which leads to her arrest for prostitution, followed by obligatory counseling with a therapist who dies on her in the midst of a session. A subsequent series of bizarre events don't quite gel. Adriane meets a porn-producing Frenchman, dates a polyamorous man who brings her to a New Year's Eve sex party, and adopts a stray dog whom she nurtures in her bed like a lover until it bites off her ear in the middle of the night. Inspired by her idol, Thelonius Monk, Adriane channels her emotions into playing piano at a dive bar that eventually gets held up. In a final twist, she travels to India on a spiritual quest. Loose ends and relentless implausibility prevent this story from living up to the promise of Mandelbaum's creative talents.
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Mandelbaum (Garrett in Wedlock, 2004), like novelist Anne Tyler, is fond of using Baltimore as a setting, homing in on endearingly eccentric characters, and suffusing the whole with a gentle whimsy. Rendering his own skewed version of the chick-lit formula, Mandelbaum presents this highly amusing, wholly entertaining novel-in-stories detailing the crackpot (mis)adventures of Adriane Gelki. Uptight, neurotic Adriane is well aware that she needs to lighten up and decides to pursue a course of action that will allow her to live her life with abandon. Researching the writing of personal ads, she meets a wheelchair-bound hellion who talks her into flashing a stranger; however, he turns out to be an undercover cop, and she is arrested. So goes life for the lonely, hapless Adriane, but in resilient fashion, she refuses to give up her quest, and readers will be delighted as she embarks on a disastrous hunt for the perfect bagel during a blizzard in Montreal and disrupts a meeting of the Greater Baltimore Polyamory Society on New Year's Eve. Long live Adriane! Joanne Wilkinson
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Digging into her heart for courage, Adriane vows to live life on the edge, which in her case is a very tiny but critical step towards meeting someone. Joking, a new concept for Adriane, she solicits an undercover cop only to be arrested for prostitution; sentenced to counseling, Adriane feels at home when her therapist drops dead during their session. Every effort to join the living seems to lead to a further setback; even her adopted dog bites her during the night. Still Adriane continues her pledge to live albeit not to successfully.
ADRIANE ON THE EDGE is an amusing yet deep character study of a young woman trying desperately to find herself beyond the shadow life she lives by connecting with others; a daunting task for an individual never recovered from her parents' suicides. The series of incidents that Adriane fumbles and stumbles through are hyperbole that leads to a dark serio-comedy as beyond the laugher is the fundamental need to belong. Paul Mandelbaum uses graveyard humor to provide a picture of hope even when the darkness engulfs seemingly every molecule that makes up a person who just wants to connect with anyone.
unfortunately, that was the only thing i really found redeeming about the book. it seemed more like a collection of short stories, jumping around from episode to episode in the main character's life. some of the episodes seemed too fantastic to make it a believable novel, and Adriane came across as too unrealistic. some of her actions made me cringe in embarrasment for her!
i guess i was expecting more of a mid-life crisis novel set in baltimore, but i was sorely disappointed once i was done reading the book. i felt like it had no real storyline, and the character just wasn't believable to me.