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Searching for Paradise in Parker, PA Hardcover – April 1, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
Radish's latest warm-fuzzy (after The Sunday List of Dreams) tracks the troubled marriage of Lucky and Addy Lipton. Lucky's Kingdom of Krap—the garage littered with dismantled appliances, an old car and every other project Lucky never finished—has brought Addy nearly to the breaking point in her stale marriage, but it's the last straw when their planned trip to Costa Rica (with its possibilities for romantic rejuvenation) doesn't happen. What ensues is a summer of separation, discovering personal desires and strong female friendships (it is, after all, a Radish book). As the summer gives way to fall, Lucky tries to win his wife back, while Addy is torn between living alone or giving the marriage another go. Girl-power readers will get a kick out of the hokey girl get-togethers, and women will surely connect with Radish's empowered femmes. (Apr.)
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Addy Lipton is a woman on the brink. When her husband, Lucky, wins a trip to Costa Rica, they view it as a chance to re-create the magic in their relationship. But Lucky literally breaks his back lifting their luggage, and Addy can’t help but see this as a metaphor for her collapsing marriage. She decides to revamp herself minus the ailing Lucky, and her pursuit of self-fulfillment sets the small town of Parker, Pennsylvania, on its ear as Addy becomes the poster child for the women trying to find paradise, or at least a partner who truly shares and listens. High jinks ensue as the town separates into pro-Addy and pro-Lucky camps. As Addy changes, so does Lucky, giving the town and Lucky hope that Addy will want him back. Radish’s many fans will not be disappointed with her hardcover debut as she delivers her message of sisterhood for all women while encouraging men to find their common bond with women and themselves. --Patty Engelmann
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The Liptons have been married for twenty-eight years and Addy, a school teacher, begins to feel very discontented with her boring existence. With one son in college, Addy is looking for more to life than what she has come to settle for. She wonders where and how things got so out of control in her married life. When did she become content to sit by and just settle for the static life they are now living and where is that romantic man she fell in love with? As she looks around her home, she is especially bothered by the mess in their garage. Lucky collects odd trash heap items such as old bowling balls or a car he has worked on for over 19 years and yet it still doesn't run. Addy calls this junk filled garage, which leaves no room for Addy to park, the "Kingdom of Krap". Things come to a boiling point when Addy, having imagined just running her car straight into the garage and driving through until she hits the wall and destroys the mess within, just about decides to act on this idea.
As fate would have it, and Addy is about to run her car into the "kingdom", Lucky rushes out to tell her that at work he has won a trip to Costa Rica. Lucky feels excitement at the prospect of a trip to paradise that might just be what this ailing marriage needs. Both hope that this will help, but they never get to find out as when preparing to leave, Lucky seriously hurts his back packing the luggage into the car.
Following his hospital stay, Lucky must rest and be waited on while he recuperates, and Addy questions if their marriage can also recover as her discontent mounts.
Addy knows their marriage needs help and with a cast of supporters the likes of her sister Helen (Hell) who is single and very close to Addy, and her friends who workout together who are nicknamed the "Sweat-hers", she tries to revive a failing union. As she does so, Addy's friends and sister become involved in an almost community effort to improve their love lives. With some unpredictable experiences and adventures, these gals take the small town and turn it upside down.
However, as shown especially in Lucky's chapters, the men in the lives of these women realize that perhaps they need to change things as well. What the men do and how will it affect not only Addy, but also the other women in Parker, PA, is what brings humor as well as heartache to this story. Readers like myself, may find their allegiance more at times with the men who really seem to be trying to figure out what their women want and how to please them. All the characters in the story with of course, Addy and Lucky in the forefront, must face the realities of what has become of their lives and what recourse they have to make things better---and decide IF they want to make things better or just move on. With some unanticipated surprises and twists, including the part son Mitchell plays in his parents' story, this becomes a narrative that poses the questions so many people ask, and that is what does it really take to be satisfied? Can happiness and contentment be revived? What does it take and do Addy and Lucky finally capture that illusive goal?
Originally published for [...] submitted by Karen Haney, Aug., 2008
The positive and negative both things about Radish' book here are the relationships built between the woman. The old men are bad story is repetitive and predictable , however she does build the men up for wanting to change. I enjoyed this overall though.