Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe

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Upon learning that her college sweetheart husband has been seeing another woman, Mira Serafino?s once perfect world is shattered and she wants no one, least of all her big Italian family, to know. She takes off?with no destination and little money?heading north until her car breaks down in Seattle. There she takes a job at the offbeat Coffee Shop at the Center of the Universe, where she?ll experience a terrifying but invigorating freedom, and meet someone she?ll come to love: ...

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Overview

Upon learning that her college sweetheart husband has been seeing another woman, Mira Serafino’s once perfect world is shattered and she wants no one, least of all her big Italian family, to know. She takes off—with no destination and little money—heading north until her car breaks down in Seattle. There she takes a job at the offbeat Coffee Shop at the Center of the Universe, where she’ll experience a terrifying but invigorating freedom, and meet someone she’ll come to love: the new Mira.

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Editorial Reviews

Diana Loevy
[A] wry and funny portrait. (Diana Loevy, author of The Book)
Garth Stein
Smart, funny, and endearing...one terrific read! (Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain)
Karen White
Flawless storytelling make[s] this a book to remember. (Karen White, author of The Memory of Water)
Publishers Weekly

An award-winning high school science teacher who juggles marriage, motherhood and massive traditional Italian meals, Mira Serafino is called Miss Control Freak by her best friend Lannie, an eccentric musician who owns a yarn and guitar shop in their close-knit community of Pacifica, Ore. Shortridge (Eating Heaven) flashes back to Mira's difficult childhood (where she adopted the role of "Saint Mira, absorber of all family pain") as her marriage hits a major snag, sending Mira into a process of self-examination. Mira's Type A-ness comes through clearly, and secondaries-including a difficult daughter, incommunicado brother and a father who is "about as sensitive as a Mack truck"-deepen her dilemmas. (May)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451223883
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/6/2008
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 886,204
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennie Shortridge lives in Seattle, WA with her husband, and juggles her time between writing novels and working in the community to foster literacy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2008

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    Mira Serafino has the same problems you and I and every woman from 45-60 has. You know the ones I mean--when your own biology sabotages your body, resisting quiescence no matter the remedy. Matters of love conspire against a stable life too -- the universal rules that worked before don't after 45. Mira, like all of us, tries to find the center of herself, the center of her universe again. If you've not reached this age, you're in for some surprises. If you have, Mira will seem like your favorite sister. Plus, you'll get a glimpse into the Pacific Northwest life and why we love it. 'Love and Biology' is a great way to spend a rainy afternoon or a gentle, breezy evening this summer.

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  • Posted September 7, 2013

    Awesome book . This is the fourth novel of hers I have read....e

    Awesome book . This is the fourth novel of hers I have read....excellent story...read it in hours..couldn't put it down

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

    A+good+story+not+too+cheesy

    I+love+really+well+written+fiction+and+%27chick+lit%27+but+I+cant+stand+predictable+corny+stories.+This+is+not+one+of+those+books.+I+was+genuinely+suprised+the+further+i+got+and+the+story+has+stuck+with+me.+A+nice+read.+%0A

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  • Posted February 9, 2011

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    mid life crisis chick lit

    Chick lit consists of several categories. This one fits for chicks over 40--i.e. it's still girl-like emotional and men stuff but stuff chicks of my age (mid-40s) can actually relate to. All in all, it was a fairly decent book. At times I just wanted to take the protagonist by the shoulders and say, "Snap out of it!" but it came clear that the author intended Mira to be a flawed individual--nice but flawed and somewhat irritating. I did like that the author allowed most of her characters to have some growth in the story. So often we only see the protagonist change. I was taken with the ability to shirk my responsibilites aside, just run away, and then work at a Bohemian Coffee Bar in Seattle. I can't tell you how many times I just want to throw my hands up to responsibility and just have a different life. That part of the book appealed to me greatly. Great book for a rainy or snowy day where you can sit and escape.

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  • Posted January 9, 2009

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    What a read!!!!

    Jennie Shortridge has written a book for every woman. There is something for everyone in this story about a woman longing to learn who she really is. Mira heads out of her hometown after finding out her husband was about to be unfaithful. As she starts a new and different life, she realizes that she is not who she wants to be. The characters in this book are diverse, funny, and oh so interesting. You will laugh, commiserate, and cry throughout this story. Don't miss it!

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