Goodbye Without Leaving

Goodbye Without Leaving

by Laurie Colwin
     
 

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An insightful domestic comedy, at once hilarious and extremely moving, Goodbye Without Leaving is the story of a woman's attempt to remain true to herself in a world of diminishing returns. As a bored graduate student, Geraldine Colshares is plucked from her too-tame existence when she is invited to tour as the only white backup singer for Vernon and Ruby

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An insightful domestic comedy, at once hilarious and extremely moving, Goodbye Without Leaving is the story of a woman's attempt to remain true to herself in a world of diminishing returns. As a bored graduate student, Geraldine Colshares is plucked from her too-tame existence when she is invited to tour as the only white backup singer for Vernon and Ruby Shakely and the Shakettes. The years she spends as a Shakette are a mixed blessing, however, for while they provide her with purpose and excitement, she ultimately submits to a conventional life of marriage, children, and bittersweet memories of what comes to seem a glorious past. With her usual dry wit and candor, Laurie Colwin follows Geraldine as she tries to reconcile her past with her future, to be an adult and still boogie in her soul.

Editorial Reviews

Elizabeth Ward
Poignant and hilarious…irresistible.
Washington Post
RIchard Eder
[Colwin's] eloquence is zany and startling at the same time…exhilarating and very funny.
Los Angeles Times Book Review
Susan Dooley
One of this year's funniest and most charming heroines.
Self

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060955335
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Series:
Harper Perennial
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
305,068
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)

Meet the Author

Laurie Colwin is the author of five novels: Happy All the Time; Family Happiness; Goodbye Without Leaving; Shine On, Bright and Dangerous Object; and A Big Storm Knocked It Over; three collections of short stories: Passion and Affect, Another Marvelous Thing, and The Lone Pilgrim; and two collections of essays: Home Cooking and More Home Cooking. She died in 1992.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
June 14, 1944
Date of Death:
October 25, 1992
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Place of Death:
New York, New York
Education:
B.A., Bard College; M.A., Columbia University

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