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The Zonderling Paperback – November 23, 2015
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"Niebruegge (Mistake, Wisconsin, 2014) is a gifted comedy writer, with the gems coming fast in this zippy novel. ... Her portrait of The Zonderling, however zany, feels both affectionate and authentic, leaving readers wanting more. A hilariously funny, compact volume about a hotel's denizens that delivers well-aimed zingers--a winner." -- Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Kersti Niebruegge grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in journalism. She has worked for BBC Worldwide, "Conan," and "Late Night with Seth Meyers." THE ZONDERLING, a comedy about an old-fashioned residential hotel for women in New York City, is Kersti's second book. Her first book, MISTAKE, WISCONSIN, is a satire of a fishing-obsessed small town in the Northwoods of the Badger State. kerstiniebruegge.com | facebook.com/kerstiniebruegge | @kniebruegge
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Believable characters with distinct personalities. The dialogue is okay, nothing outstanding or memorable.
No desire to re-read this book. I am interested in other works by this author.
The Zonderling is a throwback to the kind of place you'd find in a madcap comedy from the 40's featuring a bunch of starlet wannabes on the hunt for a theater career and a man. But, this is a modern version, and a modern heroine, and, most importantly, a modern author. So what we get is a much more bracing and piercing view of the whole shebang.
It's very easy to say dismissive and disparaging things about New York City. It's a lot harder to have sarcastic fun while still getting across the excitement and vitality of that same City. It's harder still to tease and kid the City and the out-of-towners who visit it while maintaining the sunny and understated, but smart, good humor that has become Ms. Niebruegge's trademark.
Bottom line - I liked her Wisconsin, warts and all, and now I like her version of New York City - warts and all. This is a nice find.
I received this book free thru goodreads in exchange for a review.