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Eve Mozell spends half of her life on the telephone, talking to her sisters and especially to her father, who, after a life of alcoholism, manic depression, intermittent affection, and constant telephoning, is finally, to everyone's relief, going to die. Eve's older sister, Georgia, the famous editor in chief of a women's magazine, is too busy to come home. Her younger sister, Madeline, an actress, is away on vacation. The caretaking falls to Eve, who is frightened of death, and a wreck about her own aging:. ...
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Overview

Eve Mozell spends half of her life on the telephone, talking to her sisters and especially to her father, who, after a life of alcoholism, manic depression, intermittent affection, and constant telephoning, is finally, to everyone's relief, going to die. Eve's older sister, Georgia, the famous editor in chief of a women's magazine, is too busy to come home. Her younger sister, Madeline, an actress, is away on vacation. The caretaking falls to Eve, who is frightened of death, and a wreck about her own aging:. "Today I couldn't remember why I went upstairs," she tells the doctor. "Is that normal?" Unable to find solace in her husband and exhausted from dealing with the exploits of her sixteen-year-old son and his girlfriend (along with her cat), she begins a friendship with another man, someone she has met on the telephone. Now Eve, the most down-to-earth member of her family, is in danger of becoming unhinged herself. To find where she belongs, she looks to the past, to the Mozell family history of three sisters who, after their mother left, had to raise not only themselves but their father too.

With an uncanny ability to make readers laugh at the painful, and cry as well, the author of How to Eat Like a Child and Teenage Romance or How to Die of Embarrassment now turns her pen on the baby boomers, in a funny, tender first novel about love, death, and the telephone.

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The telephone plays an integral part in screenwriter and nonfiction author Ephron's How to Eat Like a Child humorous, if somewhat uncomfortable, look at the senility and death of a parent. Narrator Eve Mozell loves to chat on the phone, playing out nearly all of her relationships by talking into a plastic mouthpiece. Now 44 but still in the role of the unremarkable, overcompensating middle daughter, Eve finds the care of her elderly, alcoholic father foisted upon her by her sisters Georgia, an overbearing magazine editor, and Madeline, a dippy soap opera actress. With little support from either her work-absorbed husband, a public radio commentator, or her teenaged son, Eve struggles to understand the Mozell family neuroses. Flashbacks highlight her parents' scotch-soaked divorce, her mother's subsequent abandonment of the family and her father's descent into alcoholism and general obnoxiousness. Appropriately, a telephone relationship with a stranger helps Eve come to terms with the simultaneous love and disgust she feels for her father. All the phone talk makes the narrative dialogue-heavy, and most of Ephron's characters are gratingly self-absorbed. However, Eve's wry humor and gentle tolerance for these eccentrics and the foibles of life leaven the proceedings nicely, rendering this a novel few readers will hang up on. July
Mary Carroll
Ephron, a successful children's book author who has written and/or produced some of her sister Nora's films, tackles a tough subject in her first adult novel: a dysfunctional family dealing with death. Eve Mozell, 44, is the middle sister who winds up her father's caregiver; her older sister Georgia edits a women's magazine that bears her name in New York; and younger sister Maddy is a semisuccessful actress on Hollywood soaps. Mom walked out when Eve was in college; Dad, whose career writing sitcoms was dying even then, is an alcoholic manic depressive who, by the 1990s, suffers from what his doctor calls "the dwindles." Telephone lines bind this family and deliver its joys and woes; each ring produces mixed emotions--and antic plot elements, including the party Eve's event planning firm, No Surprises, arranges for several hundred otolaryngologists at the Nixon Library and the unexpected wisdom and support from the Iranian doctor whose car Eve's son damages (and from the doctor's quite remarkable mother). A funny, touching, often penetrating exploration of individual and family strengths and vulnerabilities.
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The acclaimed author of l How to Eat Like a Child and turns her eye to the baby boomers, having to face intimations of their own mortality at the same time that their parents are aging, depicted in this story through the character of Eve Mozell, a wife, mother, & daughter.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574900644
  • Publisher: Beeler, Thomas T. Publisher
  • Publication date: 6/1/1996
  • Series: Large Print Ser.
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Delia Ephron

Delia Ephron, author and screenwriter, has written many books for children and adults, including the recent novel Hanging Up. Her film work as a writer and producer includes the movie Hanging Up, as well as You've Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, and Michael. She lives in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2000

    some times it's ok to think more about others than your self!

    hi, i read this book about a few times and what i like about it, is that when you read it you put your self in Eve's possion in the first few pages and go along with what the author is trying to explain. i gave this book a four star because it deserves it and it make you think if your ganna end up like Eve or not!

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