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"Flirting in Cars is a modern-day fairy tale about finding happily-ever-after where you least expect it. I couldn't put it down."

-- Karen Quinn, author of The Ivy Chronicles and Wife in the Fast Lane

"This exciting tease of a novel will set your heart pounding like the best love affair. Smart, funny, sexy -- I loved it!"

-- Pamela Redmond Satran, author of The Man I Should Have Married and Suburbanistas

"Alisa Kwitney's cross-cultural love story is intelligent, funny, and sexy."

-- Thelma Adams, Us Weekly

About the Author

Alisa Kwitney is the author of On the Couch, Does She or Doesn't She?, The Dominant Blonde, Till the Fat Lady Sings, and the forthcoming Flirting in Cars. Her books have been translated into Russian, German, and Japanese. A former comic book editor with DC Comics/Vertigo, Kwitney holds an M.F.A. in fiction writing from Columbia University. She lives with her family in the Hudson River Valley and New York City. Visit her website at www.alisakwitney.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 323 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press (August 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743268970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743268974
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,113,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lois Feron on February 4, 2014
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I found out about this author from a Cusie reference. Kwitney's books precede and possibly set the style for author's like Cusie and Gibbons. That's just a guess. Kwitney's books aren't as smooth as her followers but her books aim higher and for this genre, deeper. I think she's really "got it" and I'm sorry that she quit writing romances like these after she wrote about four of them. They are available in paperback and worth grabbing before the supply runs out.
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Free lance writer Zoe Goren embraces her inner Eva Gabor and gives up her native Manhattan for upstate New York for a year to ensure that her daughter Maya gets the best education. Of course, Zoe is a total fish out of water - she doesn't cook, she orders in; she doesn't drive, she takes public transportation. She is not really prepared for life in the country, but it soon grows on her, as does younger man Mack, a Gulf veteran with a fear of crowds and a deep attraction to the city girl. She hires Mack to drive her around but he soon coaxes her into driving lessons. Despite their different lifestyles and age gap, the two are smitten. But what'll happen to the relationship when Maya's reading improves and Zoe wants to move back to civilization?

Kwitney first three novels were more comical and sensuous and with her second more serious novel, she proves that she can handle both genres. While the subject matter is more serious, she gives Zoe a sense of humor that emerges through her vulnerability, making her a more human character. In addition to dealing with Maya's dyslexia, she also has to contend with the disintegration of her own relationship with her parents who disowned her when she had a baby out of wedlock, taking on a local politician who has sold out his constituents, forging new friendships, as well as facing her own fears and phobias. I found the story to be sensual and heartwarming at the same time, relishing the relationship between mother and daughter as they both grow so much in a town they didn't realize would have such an effect on them.

© Tracy Vest, September 2008
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I just read Alisa Kwitney's latest book, "Flirting in Cars," and I couldn't put it down -- until I had to because I'd finished it. It's a funny and insightful look at relationships between city and country people, men and women, and parents and children. It's a romantic comedy grounded in the reality of country living. The characters are interesting and convincing, perhaps because unlike most in this genre, the author shows them working and parenting, not just flirting. There's a lot of flirting and more too, of course, but the real fun of the book is in the dialogue. Kwitney, like Austen, has the gift of revealing characters (their weaknesses, their aspirations) through conversations. She has a keen but empathetic eye, whether it be looking at two vets bonding over fixing a car or a gaggle of mothers at a private school cocktail party. Highly recommended to distract you from whatever chores you ought to be attending to instead.
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Alisa Kwitney's FLIRTING IN CARS packs far more punch than the title implies. I expected a fluffy romance novel and found so much more: an intelligent, enormously readable book, peopled with interesting characters from the Big Apple and the countryside. The story pivots around the protagonist Zoe, a single-mom city girl who moves to the country but can't drive - and Mack, an at-loose-ends Gulf War veteran from upstate New York who gives her driving lessons.

I live in a small village and found the vivid juxtapositions, prejudices, and expectations of urbanites versus upstate country folk particularly interesting and priceless. Yes, and the ensuing romance and sex are delicious too. This is a fun, thoroughly enjoyable read - I couldn't put it down.

Klara S.
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