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And When She Was Good: A Novel Hardcover – August 14, 2012
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“AND WHEN SHE WAS GOOD is a steady, surprising tale… Ms. Lippman’s nominal subject may be prostitution, but her book is not about a woman who takes care of clients. It’s about a woman who can take care of herself.” (New York Times)
“Shifting smoothly from Heloise’s past to her present, Lippman delivers an intense character study about a strong, complex woman whose love for her son compels her to make some desperate choices.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“ [Lippman] slowly ratchets up the tension until the final, blood-drenched showdown . . . It’s page-turner...” (Library Journal (starred review))
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Perennial New York Times and nationally bestselling author and acclaimed multiple–prize winner Laura Lippman delivers a brilliant novel about a woman with a secret life who is forced to make desperate choices to save her son and herself.
When Hector Lewis told his daughter that she had a nothing face, it was just another bit of tossed-off cruelty from a man who specialized in harsh words and harsher deeds. But twenty years later, Heloise considers it a blessing to be a person who knows how to avoid attention. In the comfortable suburb where she lives, she's just a mom, the youngish widow with a forgettable job who somehow never misses a soccer game or a school play. In the state capitol, she's the redheaded lobbyist with a good cause and a mediocre track record.
But in discreet hotel rooms throughout the area, she's the woman of your dreams—if you can afford her hourly fee.
For more than a decade, Heloise has believed she is safe. She has created a rigidly compartmentalized life, maintaining no real friendships, trusting few confidantes. Only now her secret life, a life she was forced to build after the legitimate world turned its back on her, is under siege. Her once oblivious accountant is asking loaded questions. Her longtime protector is hinting at new, mysterious dangers. Her employees can't be trusted. One county over, another so-called suburban madam has been found dead in her car, a suicide. Or is it?
Nothing is as it seems as Heloise faces a midlife crisis with much higher stakes than most will ever know.
And then she learns that her son's father might be released from prison, which is problematic because he doesn't know he has a son. The killer and former pimp also doesn't realize that he's serving a life sentence because Heloise betrayed him. But he's clearly beginning to suspect that Heloise has been holding something back all these years.
With no formal education, no real family, and no friends, Heloise has to remake her life—again. Disappearing will be the easy part. She's done it before and she can do it again. A new name and a new place aren't hard to come by if you know the right people. The trick will be living long enough to start a new life.
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Bravo to Laura Lippman for exposing the sometimes sad paths woman need to take in order to take care of their needs and, most especially, a child's. To compound Helen/Heloise's conflicts, she lives in an upper middle class suburb. Talk about stereotype smashing. That is what Lippman does so well: She offers a character of sound mind and the determination to overcome her abuse and subsequent bad choices and allows her to not only transcend her plight--but to transcend beneath the snooty noses of well off suburban "Super Moms." A great read!
Helen/Heloise is a woman with a past, a present that is pretty good, but her future is uncertain. She runs a serviice for men, that requires women of a certain nature. That is all well and good, but this service is illegal, no matter how she has covered it. Scott, her son, has no idea what mom does, he is a sweet natured kid taking his mom for granted, just loving her. Helen's past is about to catch up with her, and she needs to protect Scott, her business and her life. To the outside eye she is a single mom, working hard and has no time for friends. But, we all get to uncover the real Helen, and we get to love her more.
Laura Lippmann is a superb writer, we all read her books. Her characters are first rate, like you and me, meant to be real people. However, they all have such wretched problems. But, these women are bright, intelligent, beautiful and have a sense of humor. They will get by, and even though it looks dicey at times, we all learn from them. Lippmann researches all of her characters and their businesses, and their lives. She imparts that wisdom, we are the lucky ones who get to learn from her.
Highly Recommended. prisrob 08-18-12
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