Independence Day: A Broken Heart's Voyage around the USA

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Newlyweds are difficult to avoid in Niagra Falls. Each year 500,000 freshly hitched sweethearts book a room in one of the 55 motels offering heart-shaped jacuzzis, tiger rugs, and mirrored ceilings. That's 700 couples a day. Not the best place to be then, when your girlfriend rejects your proposal of marriage, and proposes instead that you go your separate ways. His self-esteem heading south, Jim Keeble decides to follow suit, hoping that the United States—and the women of America—can help mend his broken heart. ...
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Overview

Newlyweds are difficult to avoid in Niagra Falls. Each year 500,000 freshly hitched sweethearts book a room in one of the 55 motels offering heart-shaped jacuzzis, tiger rugs, and mirrored ceilings. That's 700 couples a day. Not the best place to be then, when your girlfriend rejects your proposal of marriage, and proposes instead that you go your separate ways. His self-esteem heading south, Jim Keeble decides to follow suit, hoping that the United States—and the women of America—can help mend his broken heart. He says viva to Las Vegas and the showgirls of the 21st century tries to catch a crab-catcher's daughter in historic Virginia, and cheers on an ex-cheerleader on a Dude ranch in Arizona.
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New York Times Book Review
Nothing is funnier than someone elses romantic misery, and Keeble is hilarious.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780349112947
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Keeble
Jim Keeble
With his deubt novel, Men and Other Mammals -- his fellow-friendly answer to Bridget Jones's Diary -- British travel writer Jim Keeble follows in the literary footsteps of Nick Hornby, creating a poignant yet laugh-out-loud world where men trip and triumph on their way to true love.

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In our interview, Keeble shared some fun facts about himself:

"I am a bit of a soccer addict, and I'm a big fan of the U. S. National team, who I think will win the world cup by 1214. My favorite team is Southampton, where my family is from."

"I was a gardener in the South of France for two years. Actually, I just cut things down and burned them. Therefore, I know how to make large fires using large amounts of gasoline."

"I speak fluent French, but this does not mean Parisians are nice to me."

"I love to play piano, especially blues, but usually only in the privacy of my own home."

"I run every day."

"I love North America and have a dream of living in some East Coast converted farmhouse looking out at the snow. I blame ‘Charlie Brown' cartoons for this fantasy."

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    1. Hometown:
      London, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 9, 1968
    2. Place of Birth:
      Cambridge, England
    1. Education:
      B.A., Oxford University, 1991

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