Cleaning Nabokov's House: A Novel

Cleaning Nabokov's House: A Novel

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by Leslie Daniels
     
 

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“I knew I could stay in this town when I found the blue enamel pot floating in the lake. The pot led me to the house, the house led me to the book, the book to the lawyer, the lawyer to the whorehouse, the whorehouse to science, and from science I joined the world.”

So begins Leslie Daniels’s funny and moving novel about a

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“I knew I could stay in this town when I found the blue enamel pot floating in the lake. The pot led me to the house, the house led me to the book, the book to the lawyer, the lawyer to the whorehouse, the whorehouse to science, and from science I joined the world.”

So begins Leslie Daniels’s funny and moving novel about a woman’s desperate attempt to rebuild her life. When Barb Barrett walks out on her loveless marriage she doesn’t realize she will lose everything: her home, her financial security, even her beloved children. Approaching forty with her life in shambles and no family or friends to turn to, Barb must now discover what it means to rely on herself in a stark new emotional landscape.

Guided only by her intense inner voice and a unique entrepreneurial vision, Barb begins to collect the scattered pieces of her life. She moves into a house once occupied by Vladimir Nabokov, author of the controversial masterpiece Lolita, and discovers a manuscript that may be his lost work. As her journey gathers momentum, Barb deepens a connection with her new world, discovering resources in her community and in herself that no one had anticipated. Written in elegant prose with touches of sharp humor and wit, Cleaning Nabokov’s House offers a new vision of modern love and a fervent reminder that it is never too late to find faith in our truest selves.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439195048
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
File size:
4 MB

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Cleaning Nabokov's House 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
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ML2009 More than 1 year ago
I'd listened to a Southern series novel prior to this that held my interest okay, but after I listened to "Cleaning Nabokov's House" [Bernadette Dunne, good narrator], I was not yet ready to return to the Southern series (even though non-historic and no affected drawl). I wanted more of Ms. Daniels' style. I reread several scenes for the pleasure of good writing and to attend to her talent and skill. Another book with well-written scenes, of an entirely different genre, is "The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel" by Jasper Fforde, narrator: Elizabeth Sastre. And, for simply a sweet love story (after clearing the illness intro), try "A little love story : a novel", by Roland Merullo. [Yea!, I just discovered Mr. Merullo has many novels. I wish Ms. Daniels would give us another.]
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lori cetrino More than 1 year ago
The+author+is+able+to+say+exactly+what+is+in+your+mind+regarding+relationships+with+parents%2C+children%2C+strangers+and+friends.+She+is+able+to+capture+the+self-doubt+and+hope+of+an+ordinary+person+facing+the+enormous+challenges+of+change%2C+divorce%2C+child+custody%2C+dating+and+entrepeneurship.+She+is+funny+too.+I+hated+to+have+it+end+and+cannot+wait+to+read+her+next+book.
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June27 More than 1 year ago
enjoyed her wry and pithy observations, especially about men, and the differences about urban and small town life. the story got onto the wrong track about half way through, when she goes into a totally unbelievable business. that took away her credibility. the last few chapters were very short. still enjoyed it.
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IamSharonG More than 1 year ago
This book was a fun easy read. Humor when you did not expect it, tenderness when you expected it and a happy ending I was hoping for. Looking forward to another great book from this author.
RobinoRC More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting story of a woman and her life after a divorce and separation from her 2 children...a journey of sorts as she navigates through the injustice, finds inspiration and learns to make her way back. The undercurrent of pain and tenderness as well as the life lessons keep you hooked to the very end.