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Losing Clementine: A Novel Paperback – March 6, 2012
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“[LOSING CLEMENTINE] is poignant and insightful and also surprisingly funny, thanks to its nasty, charming narrator.” (Gillian Flynn, New York Times-bestselling author of Gone Girl)
“A breezy, self-deprecating voice that makes for good company...clever dialogue...It’s tempting to consider [LOSING CLEMENTINE] a Left Coast update of “Bright Lights, Big City” ...although Ream’s Clementine stares down a fate far more dire than that faced by Jay McInerney’s magazine fact-checker.” (Kansas City Star)
“This is a novel that allows us to experience how exciting life is, and how fast time can fly, once you truly free yourself to live it.” (Bust Magazine)
“An entertaining and moody whirlwind. Whether readers love or hate Clementine, they won’t soon forget her.” (Publishers Weekly)
“An unexpectedly fresh and humorous voice. Fans of dark comedy should add Ream to their list of authors to watch.” (Library Journal)
“With her razor wit and over-it-all candor, Clementine makes for a fascinating companion, and Ream manages to craft an engaging and impressive debut without soft-pedaling how very sick Clementine is . . . A hip and hilarious portrait of a crazy person.” (Kirkus)
“It’s hard not to fall in love with Clementine Pritchard--she’s talented, witty, inventive and suicidal. You won’t want this story to end as you root for the wonderfully lawless and impulsive Clementine.” (Jessica Anya Blau, author of Drinking Closer to Home)
From the Back Cover
In thirty days Clementine Pritchard will be finished with her last painting and her life.
World-renowned artist and sharp-tongued wit Clementine Pritchard has decided that she's done. After flushing away a medicine cabinet full of prescriptions, she gives herself thirty days to tie up loose ends—finish one last painting, make nice with her ex-husband, and find a home for her cat. Clementine plans to spend the month she has left in a swirl of art-world parties, manic work sessions, and outrageous acts—but what she doesn't expect is to uncover secrets surrounding the tragedy that befell her mother and sister. In an ending no one sees coming, will we lose Clementine or will we find her?
A bold debut from an exciting new voice, Losing Clementine is a wonderfully entertaining and poignant novel about unanticipated self-discovery that features one of the most irresistible, if deeply flawed, characters to grace contemporary fiction in years.
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Ashley Ream did a good job of taking me into the depths of depression where the body is in a stroke-like situation. I liked the uniqueness of this book, and the ending gave me hope for Clementine.
All Love to you Ms. Ream.
Everyone else, do not wait, buy this book, enjoy the ride. Be prepared for your heart to be blown wide open. Christopher Love
Some say suicide is the ultimate act of selfishness, but faced with the circumstances of Clementine's life, the tragedy that lies in her past, its horrible legacy that has resulted in some form of pain for her and those whom she has loved every day since, it would seem that killing herself would bring the ultimate relief. What is striking, riveting even, is that as the story unfolds, it becomes apparent that her decision is less to do with her own release and driven more by her concern--gallows humor aside--for everyone else. You might say in her case it is the ultimate act of love.
But will she go through with it? This novel is a real page turner, one you do not want to miss.
From the beginning, Losing Clementine and Clementine's journey through the last 30 days of her life grabbed my interest and held it in a choke hold. The emotions are raw and real and hop off the page to parade through your living room. The story is both heartbreaking and hysterically funny. The writing is gorgeous. The concept brilliant. There were so many quotable lines, I was banging my head in frustration that I hadn't thought of them first.
Well done, Ashley!
I enjoyed the humor her character's displayed and especially Clementine's sarcasm! The ending definitely pulled at my heart strings, which doesn't happen often to me when reading. And although I liked the ending I was left wanting more! I didn't want the story to end, i wanted Day 31! A great read!