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Rosenberg, a poet and children's book author, makes a clean break into adult fiction with the story of a middle-aged woman whose journey to independence begins at a garage sale. Forty-six-year-old Eve's garage sale takes an unexpected turn when her husband, Chuck, goes on an errand and never comes back, leaving Eve to raise teenage son Marcus and nine-year-old daughter Noni. Drawing support from her sometimes helpful mother, old friends at the university where she works and new friends—such as the man she meets in the park and a Korean graduate student and his non–English-speaking wife—Eve discovers the locals offer all she needs in her life. Rosenberg achieves remarkable emotional range—comic to tragic, dysfunction to triumph, irony to wisdom—for an engaging, often touching story of survival on a heartbreak diet. (May)
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About the Author

Liz Rosenberg is an associate professor of literature and creative writing at the State University of New York at Binghamton. She has published more than a dozen popular picture books for children, and four prize-winning anthologies of poetry for young readers, including Light-Gathering Poems (Henry Holt), which won the 2001 Lee Bennett Hopkins Award. She lives with her husband and son in Binghamton, New York. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Avon A (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006173456X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061734564
  • ASIN: B002YX0BZA
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,496,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mark Levy on May 6, 2009
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At first, I wanted to skim Liz Rosenberg's book; but as I read, it became impossible for me to skip ahead. I was drawn into every sentence. Eve's grandmother and her daughter are wonderfully painted, with distinct and lovable qualities and I hated to come to the end of the novel. The story has humor, anguish, and tension -- a combination that doesn't often occur successfully in modern literature.
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I had a friend recommend this book to me, so I looked into it as I usually read a book a week while on the train to and from work. It was really entertaining! I actually kept reading it even after getting home, which I rarely do since I read to keep my self entertained on the train and thus try to save the book for that time. I really couldn't put this down though. I'd recommend it to someone who wants a good story that brings them through the everyday mind spinning chaos of life, but at the end leaves them feeling good about being alive and being human (with all our of our own deficiencies and beauty) in this world.

I really enjoyed this and would definitely say it's worth checking out.
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From the reviews, I get the feel that this work targets the female reader. Certainly part of that is due to a female author writing for a female protagonist. As a male, I was a bit self-conscious as I started to read it. By the end of the first chapter, my concern was all gone. This is not a 'chic read', it is an exceptional piece of literature for both sexes.

Liz Rosenberg is an incredible writer. The imagery in this book is simply amazing. To get a perspective of the author's style, note that she is a literature professor at Binghamton University and has many published works of both prose and poetry. This experience reflects in her astonishing command of the written word and a first rate reading experience for you.

This is not a 'quicky' thriller or steamy romance, it is a finely honed work of art to be enjoyed as such. I strongly recommend this book to readers who recognize and appreciate beautiful writing. An example of this writing is when Eve, in a culminating and transformative act, finally buys a new dress. "She hung it on the outside of her closet door so she could look at it each night before she went to bed, like a lovesick girl. The gown was entirely hand-beaded; trumpet beads cascaded the length of the dress making it shimmer even in the dark. It was amazing that she had never worn anything this beautiful in her life. What had she been waiting for?"

You can see the inspirational quality of the writing even out of context. But, when I read it within the context of the book, it brought tears to my eyes. They were tears of joy for the hardships Eve had overcome, but they were also tears of determination and hope, that I too, might win a similar hard fought victory. Through Eve, I was struck by the redemptive effects of the struggle we are all going through.
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This book has a very eerie touch about it. As Liz describes the various places around town, I feel as though I've been there -- because as a matter of fact I have!!! At her first mention of Rec Park (Recreation Park) where Jonah makes his first appearance, I waited for Liz to describe the carousel that all of us kids walked past on our way to junior high school. She didn't, but I still saw it. Last time I was in town the carousel was still going. To her credit Liz didn't romanticize the town: her descriptions all rang true and were the perfect backdrop for the story.

Beautifully written. Oh, did I already say that? Read it. You'll see what I mean.
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What a treat to read a book that is so well written. Liz Rosenberg is an accomplished writer, and it shows on every page. It's a simple story, easy to read, with well-defined characters who feel like old friends. Thanks for an enjoyable read with a happy ending.
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I chose this book because it was by Liz Rosenberg. I had read Laws Of Gravity and really enjoyed it. I liked her writing style and felt she was a great storyteller (and she is). I just didn't enjoy this story as much as I did Laws Of Gravity. It took me longer to read because I wasn't running to the quiet room on all my breaks to get back to the story. I'm sure it's personal preference. I didn't love it...but I didn't hate it either.
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I always enjoy a book filled with likeable people, and this one surely is. Also, I have lived in upstate N Y and am familiar with Binghamton, which made the book especially appealing. I should mention to the author that the lake Is Cayuga Lake, not Lake Cayuga, a small point however, in a very entertaining book.
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Liz is my favorite author of the present. Her stories are so believable. And though they do depict life as it is, she manages to make one see the best parts of it. Her characters are so believable.
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