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Unpronounceable (Conversation Pieces) (Volume 49) Paperback – April 6, 2016
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Susan diRende ran away from college and joined the circus at 20, where she learned how to step outside the boundaries just far enough to get a laugh. Ever since then, she has been writing, painting, performing, and directing with the goal of bringing about illumination and transformation through laughter. In 2005, she founded the Broad Humor Film Festival, Los Angeles, to support women's comedic vision on film, which was named one of the five top film festivals for women in the world. In the 1990s, Susan hosted the popular InsomniActs Cabaret on Capitol Hill, called by John Longenbaugh of the Seattle Weekly one of the best small-stage acts in the city. She also performed at venues such as the Comedy Underground. Susan wrote and produced theater readings and productions at the NW Actors Studio, the Empty Space, and Studio East, and directed a number of productions at the NW Asian American Theater, the NW Actors Studio, Youth Theater Northwest, and others. She has been a recipient of awards from both Seattle Arts Commission and the Artist Trust.
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In this Philip K. Dick Award nominated short novel American politics and culture are bluntly dissected and rapidly discarded fitting the New Jersey girl voice of the protagonist. A very enjoyable read that had me laughing out loud thru many paragraphs. In today's American political environment I really needed a laugh. How did you know? Thank you Susan diRende.
Unpronounceable is irreverent, quirky, twisted and depraved. Susan diRende tells Rose’s tale in raw Jersey dialect, which is occasionally difficult for a non-Jersey speaker to follow. This is a story that is not only about contact with bizarre alien beings, but dysfunctional human families and corrupt earthly politicians. If you take a pinch of Scott Adams, add a touch of Tom Robbins and get Gilda Radner to play Rose, you might have an idea what Unpronounceable is all about.
This light-hearted fantasy takes on sex, sibling rivalry, power and celebrity as Rose searches for that Unpronounceable state we call happiness. A fast read you'll be happy to spend the time on.