Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe

Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe

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by Jennie Shortridge
     
 

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“An accomplished and superior novelist” (Statesman Journal) delivers a bittersweet book about a woman’s midlife crisis that asks: How does a good girl know when to finally let herself be bad?When she learns that her college sweetheart husband has been seeing another woman, Mira Serafino’s perfect world is shattered and she wants no one,… See more details below

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“An accomplished and superior novelist” (Statesman Journal) delivers a bittersweet book about a woman’s midlife crisis that asks: How does a good girl know when to finally let herself be bad?When she learns that her college sweetheart husband has been seeing another woman, Mira Serafino’s perfect world is shattered and she wants no one, least of all her big Italian family, to know. She heads north—with no destination and little money— stopping only when her car breaks down in Seattle. 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.

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:
9781440633164
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/06/2008
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
466,850
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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