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Tully by [Simons, Paullina]

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Esteemed editor Bob Wyatt's initial book for his new imprint, this much ballyhooed first novel is not notable for literary merit but for the melodramatic story it tells. Set during the last two decades in Topeka, Kans., and centering on a tough kid named Tully who oddly resembles skater Tonya Harding in looks and deportment, the narrative chronicles Tully's wild struggle against her lower-class origins, circumstances and fate (not to mention her genes) without any redeeming growth or insights achieved by any of the central characters until at the end Tully belatedly realizes the error of her ways. It's an emotionally crude coming-of-age story in which Tully, her two best girlfriends and the two men she loves never seem to rise above adolescent emotions and behavior. The story has the no-holds-barred, cranked-out quality of 19th-century penny novels, with an abundance of cheap thrills and hair-raising scenes. We tag along as Tully endures abandonment, incest, abortion, child and spousal abuse, passion, promiscuity, marriage, motherhood, infidelity, terrible nightmares, midnight graveyard scenes, tortured partings with lovers and more. The most interesting character is the villain, Hedda Makker, Tully's mother, whose chief pleasure in life is beating the living daylights out of Tully. Though billed as "a big Russian novel" about mothers and daughters, much of the narrative has a breathless, awkward oral texture, although long patches of exposition have an evenness and clarity that suggest Simons's potential. Despite all the wailing, sighing and bloodletting--or perhaps because of it--the story is engrossing as tabloid features often are: not believeable or artful, but fascinating in a macabre way. 165,000 first printing; $150,000 ad/promo; BOMC selection .
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Ostensibly, Simons's first novel is a coming-of-age story intertwining the lives of three Kansas friends during the 1970s and 1980s. The story focuses on Tully (a nickname for Natalie), a young woman who has endured a childhood of abuse and abandonment to become a promiscuous teenager who longs to move to California. When wealthy Robin DeMarco promises her both love and financial security, Tully marries him and proceeds to live a life tormented by her friend's suicide, childhood traumas, and affairs. It is difficult for the listener to imagine what the men see in Tully, for she is deceitful and manipulative, with seemingly no conscience. Also, the plot is melodramatic and more reminiscent of a soap opera than a serious novel. Actress Karen Allen's raspy voice does nothing to enhance this flat and depressing story. Not recommended.
Susan McCaffrey, Legg Middle Sch. Lib., Coldwater, Mich.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 939 KB
  • Print Length: 627 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (August 27, 2015)
  • Publication Date: August 27, 2015
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ZJWJVDQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,507 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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