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The Girl, the Gold Tooth and Everything by [LaSala, Francine]
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About the Author

Francine LaSala has authored and collaborated on numerous works of nonfiction (biography, cooking, lifestyle, sex, humor, and more) and edited scores of bestselling fiction through her company, Francine LaSala Productions. The author of The Girl, The Gold Tooth & Everything and Rita Hayworth's Shoes, she lives with her husband and two daughters in New York. Visit her online at www.francinelasala.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 562 KB
  • Print Length: 255 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1938120647
  • Publisher: Diversion Books (December 17, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 17, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NF9VQ2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,903 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Deb Nam-Krane VINE VOICE on October 16, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Poor Mina Clark. She has no memory of her life before the last two years. As far as she's concerned, she's trapped in a luxury existence that she can't pay for, and though she's married, she and her toddler Emma might as well have been abandoned by her husband Jack for all the time she gets to see him. She'd love to unravel the mystery of what happened to her memory, but it's too much to handle when she's also trying to figure out how to pay for her leaky drier, fix her kitchen ceiling, get her car out of the shop and fix her aching tooth when she's already dodging debt collectors. Thank goodness for friends, including her kindly neighbor Esther and free spirit Harriet. Too bad they can't stand each other. Why is that again?

Life is both lonely and complicated enough- why do Russian-accented Alex and Char'a-tee have to make it even worse? And what happened in the past that was so awful that Doctor Barsheed won't let anyone tell her what happened to her until she can figure it out on her own?

As other reviewers noted, this was a story that made use of magical realism and took frequent dips into dreams and memories. However, the story was made by the fluid descriptions of the reality Mina found herself searching through, and many modern readers will be able to relate to a woman in her early forties trying to remember how she ended up in her current circumstance, why she can't do anything correctly and most importantly what happened to the person she used to be.

I don't want to give anything away, but I will say that this book bears out the importance of trusting your instincts. In other words, if something sounds like bs, walk away even if you don't understand why. Oh, and sometimes the most unreliable person you know might have information you need.

Recommended for Chick Lit fans who love a good mystery.
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The Girl, the Gold Tooth, and Everything is the second LaSala book I've read. She is such an accomplished writer that I would buy anything else she writes. It is a joy to read (just let me get the mundane out of the way) clean prose. Her books sparkle from thorough editing, and that is to be appreciated in these days of quick-to-print writers.

But the true magic in her books is creating believable characters in unbelievable settings and making it all work out. You care about them and want to follow them to the end.

The Girl, the Gold Tooth, and Everything has a mystery element through most of the book that keeps you trying to figure out what is happening, what will happen, and how can this be. The characters, both Mina and others, are so well-drawn. I know somebody like that, you'll think. You feel Mina's unease at her untenable situation, and you want her to take control of her life again, and when she does, you cheer her on. The magic realism touches are the fairy dust on the story. Loved this book!
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The Girl, the Gold Tooth & Everything: a new novel by Francine LaSala. Wear a helmet. The twists and turns are non-stop.
This latest novel by Francine LaSala (Rita Hayworth's Shoes) is a page turner and head spinner. I started reading The Girl, the Gold Tooth & Everything and foolishly thought I could figure out the journey that Mina Clark was on. Not so fast. As Bette Davis proclaimed in All about Eve, "Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night." Another hit run for Ms. Francine LaSala.
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I went into this book fairly blind, not really knowing much about the story, and curious about the unusual title. I'm going to do my best not to give away any spoilers while still giving you a better sense of this story.

This book follows Mina, an amnesiac, through her life in suburbia as she struggles with debt, an unruly 3 year old daughter, an absent husband, and odd neighbors, all while trying desperately to recall who she is and how she landed in this life that seems so uncomfortable to her.

Francine LaSala quite deftly creates an almost dystopian suburbia. Mina is surrounded by people who all seem in on a conspiracy to prevent her from remembering who she is. There are colorful characters who invade her life, such as a self-help guru, a streetwise savior, and a heavy drinking neighbor. They left me wondering who they really were, how Mina knows them from her mysterious past, and what is motivating them to help her.

As the story progressed, I found myself desperately wanting to learn something, anything, about who Mina was before her amnesia hit 3 years prior, and the terrible tragedy that occurred to bring on her amnesia in the first place. I wanted to slap around many of the characters for withholding critical information, and I got annoyed at Mina for being such a wilting flower and not pushing them harder to reveal their secrets. I found myself suspicious of everyone - Who were they really? What was their true role in Mina's life? Why were they withholding information?

Eventually, all is revealed. However, information is metered out fairly slowly throughout much of the story, with the big reveal at the end.
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