Compromising Positions

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Long Island housewife Judith Singer is incredibly bored. So when a local dentist is found murdered and the police suspect her neighbor, that's all the excuse Judith needs to jump in and begin her own investigation. In between school runs and making dinner, she is drawn deeper into the case-and closer to the police detective in charge.

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Overview

Long Island housewife Judith Singer is incredibly bored. So when a local dentist is found murdered and the police suspect her neighbor, that's all the excuse Judith needs to jump in and begin her own investigation. In between school runs and making dinner, she is drawn deeper into the case-and closer to the police detective in charge.

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"Wonderfully funny, deliciously mean." — New York Times "Clever, deft...and very funny." — Washington Post "Wickedly subversive wit...Great fun." — Cosmopolitan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515093025
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1987
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 519,027
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Isaacs

Susan Isaacs is the New York Times bestselling author of Long Time No See; Red, White, and Blue; Lily White; After All These Years; Magic Hour; Shining Through; Almost Paradise; Close Relations; and Compromising Positions. She is Chairman of the Board of Poets & Writers and President of Mystery Writers of America.

Biography

Susan Isaacs, novelist, essayist and screenwriter, was born in Brooklyn and educated at Queens College. After leaving school, she worked as an editorial assistant at Seventeen magazine. In 1968, Susan married Elkan Abramowitz, a then a federal prosecutor. She became a senior editor at Seventeen but left in 1970 to stay home with her newborn son, Andrew. Three years later, she gave birth to a daughter, Elizabeth. During this time she freelanced, writing political speeches as well as magazine articles. Elkan became a criminal defense lawyer.

In the mid-seventies, Susan got the urge to write a novel. A year later she began working on what was to become Compromising Positions, a whodunit set on suburban Long Island. It was published in 1978 by Times Books and was chosen a main selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club. Her second novel, Close Relations, a love story set against a background of ethnic, sexual and New York Democratic politics (thus a comedy), was published in 1980 by Lippincott and Crowell and was a selection of the Literary Guild. Her third, Almost Paradise, was published by Harper & Row in 1984, and was a Literary Guild main selection; in this work Susan used the saga form to show how the people are molded not only by their histories, but also by family fictions that supplant truth. All of Susan's novels have been New York Times bestsellers. Her fiction has been translated into thirty languages.

In 1985, she wrote the screenplay for Paramount's Compromising Positions, which starred Susan Sarandon and Raul Julia. She also wrote and co-produced Touchstone Pictures' Hello Again. The 1987 comedy starred Shelley Long and Judith Ivey.

Her fourth novel, Shining Through, set during World War II, was published by Harper & Row in 1988. Twentieth-Century Fox's film adaptation starred Michael Douglas and Melanie Griffith. Her fifth book, Magic Hour, a coming-of-middle-age novel as well as a mystery, was published in January 1991. After All These Years was published in 1993; critics lauded it for its strong and witty protagonist. Lily White came out in 1996 and Red, White and Blue in 1998. All the novels were published by HarperCollins and were main selections of the Literary Guild. In 1999, Susan's first work of nonfiction, Brave Dames and Wimpettes: What Women Are Really Doing on Page and Screen, was published by Ballantine's Library of Contemporary Thought. During 2000, she wrote a series of columns on the presidential campaign for Newsday. Long Time No See, a Book of the Month Club main selection, was published in September 2001; it was a sequel to Compromising Positions. Susan's tenth novel is Any Place I Hang My Hat (2004).

Susan Isaacs is a recipient of the Writers for Writers Award and the John Steinbeck Award. She serves as chairman of the board of Poets & Writers and is a past president of Mystery Writers of America. She is also a member of the National Book Critics Circle, The Creative Coalition, PEN, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the International Association of Crime Writers, and the Adams Round Table. She sits on the boards of the Queens College Foundation, the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, the North Shore Child and Family Guidance Association, the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence and is an active member of her synagogue. She has worked to gather support for the National Endowment of the Arts' Literature Program and has been involved in several anti-censorship campaigns. In addition to writing books, essays and films, Susan has reviewed books for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and Newsday and written about politics, film and First Amendment issues. She lives on Long Island with her husband.

Biography courtesy of the author's official web site.

Good To Know

Some outtakes from our interview with Isaacs:

"My first job was wrapping shoes in a shoe store in the low-rent district of Fifth Avenue and saying ‘Thank you!' with a cheery smile. I got canned within three days for not wrapping fast enough, although I suspect that often my vague, future-novelist stare into space while thinking about sex or lunch did not give me a smile that would ring the bell on the shoe store's cheer-o-meter."

"I constantly have to fight against the New York Effect, an overwhelming urge to wear black clothes so everyone will think, Egad, isn't she chic and understated! I'm not, by nature, a black-wearing person. (I'm not, by nature, a chic person either.) I like primary colors as well as bright purple, loud chartreuse, and shocking pink. And that's just my shoes."

"I'm not a great fan of writing classes. Yes, they do help people sometimes, especially with making them write regularly. But the aspiring writer can be a delicate creature, sensitive or even oversensitive to criticism. I was that way: I still am. The problem begins with most people's natural desire to please. In a classroom situation, especially one in which the work will be read aloud or critiqued in class, the urge to write something likable or merely critic-proof can dam up your natural talent. Also, it keeps you from developing the only thing you have is a writer -- your own voice. Finally, you don't know the people in a class well enough to figure out where their criticism is coming from. A great knowledge of literature? Veiled hostility? The talent is too precious a commodity to risk handing it over to strangers."

"Writing is sometimes an art, and it certainly is a craft. But it's also a job. I go to work five or six days a week (depending how far along I am with my work-in-progress). Like most other people, there are days I would rather be lying in a hammock reading or going to a movie with a friend. But whether you're an artist or an accountant, you still have to show up at work. Otherwise, it is unlikely to get done."

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    1. Hometown:
      Sands Point, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 7, 1943
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Education:
      Honorary Doctorate, Queens College
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2008

    One of my all-time favorites . . . . .

    My sister-in-law gave me this book many years ago. It is a delicious murder mystery/love story. The first time I read it I was a stay-at-home mom and identified in many ways with the main character. I have reread it several times through the years and always near Valentine's Day. It is great fun!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2007

    Mystery, Romance & Comedy

    This book has some of the greatest one liners in history. A good read on everyday life... raising children, trying to keep a marriage going while being an individual with a brain and some needs. Universal themes and a good mystery too! Great fun. Hollywood thought so too and made the movie! The author is funny and talented beyond words!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2006

    Started as a mystery but ended as a love story

    If you want a good mystery, read something else. If you want a love story based upon adultery, then this is the book for you. I thought the book started out with a lot of potential to be a good who-dun-it. It took a turn when they introduced the affair. This was the only mistake the book makes. Other than that, it was pretty good. I've read much better though.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2014

    What a dumb book!

    Okay, it was written a few decades ago so it is dated. That aside: unappealing characters, unconvincing plot, and a lame non-ending. I finished it and thought "Who cares?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    WOLF

    &alpha &delta &beta &gamma &kappa &omega

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    Saw the movie years ago

    Thougt it a little better than book but was still a moderate cozy except for a few grafic sex details though this was no doubt considered very on edge subject matter her friend in book was very nicely portrayed in movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2011

    Loved it

    Great fluffy read

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