Name Dropping (A Large Print Mystery)

Name Dropping (A Large Print Mystery)

by Jane Heller
     
 

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Two women with the same name living in the same apartment building? It could happen-and does-in Jane Heller's latest novel, a delicious, romantic read that is as clever as it is comic. Name Dropping is the story of preschool teacher Nancy Stern, who is in a bit of a personal and professional rut. But what really puts a dent in her self-esteem is the realization…  See more details below

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Two women with the same name living in the same apartment building? It could happen-and does-in Jane Heller's latest novel, a delicious, romantic read that is as clever as it is comic. Name Dropping is the story of preschool teacher Nancy Stern, who is in a bit of a personal and professional rut. But what really puts a dent in her self-esteem is the realization that another woman named Nancy Stern has just moved into her building. A Nancy Stern who lives in the penthouse...a Nancy Stern who is blond and leggy, and has a stable of boyfriends...a Nancy Stern who interviews celebrities for glossy magazines...a Nancy Stern who's chummy with Harrison Ford. Nancy's turmoil deepens as she keeps getting the other, more glamorous Nancy's mail, phone calls, and party invitations by mistake. It's all too much to bear-until a man calls one night, intending to ask the other Nancy out on a blind date. In a moment of madness, nursery school Nancy accepts, and what follows is a raucous tale of mix-ups, mistaken identity, and murder. Leave it to the wickedly witty Jane Heller to come up with a story of a woman whose humdrum life turns out to be anything but.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble Guide to New Fiction
This "readable" novel with "likable characters" and a "snappy style" has an interesting list of ingredients: adventure, "pirates," stolen jewels, murder, a case of mistaken identity, and romance. It tells the story of Nancy Stern, a "sweet, uncomplicated preschool teacher" who assumes another identity, leading to "exciting encounters." "Wouldn't we all like some glamour in our lives?" It didn't hold some readers' interest, and was "too far-fetched."
Publisher's Weekly
Heller has breeziness down to an artful science...Readers will come for the fast pace and the fun, of which there's plenty.
Kirkus Reviews
Heller (Crystal Clear, 1997, etc.) adds a wide miss to a hit-or-miss record with a clichéd and carelessly plotted romantic suspenser about mistaken identities. Divorced from a man who didn't appreciate her, 30-something Nancy Stern's "good years" are slipping away, as her wacky, romantically desperate best friend Janice reminds her. The women are both preschool teachers at Small Blessings, an elite Manhattan nursery school, but after hours Janice zanily cruises bookstores and proposes on first dates, while Nancy is stuck in her quiet, single routine. That changes fast when celebrity journalist Nancy Stern moves into her building and narrator Nancy Stern mistakenly receives invitations and phone calls opening vistas onto a more glamorous life. Though Nancy the journalist is unpleasant and unhappy, Nancy the narrator envies the trappings of her life enough to hijack a piece of it when exclusive-jewelry store manager Bill Harris phones to arrange a blind date. Pretending to be her neighbor, Nancy I dates Bill; they fall in love, but she calls it off rather than confess her deception. When Nancy II's unexplained murder makes the front pages, Bill returns, angrily demands the truth, then leaves. The lovers are reunited by a stolen brooch (a misdirected gift from one of Nancy's rich young preschoolers), and before long they're living together, on the trail of jewel-thieves and murderers, headed toward a picture-perfect wedding on Block Island. Heller counts on his heroine's charm to carry the reader past forced plot turns, unlikely decisions, and glaring coincidences, but Nancy is more often smug, glib, coy, or vulgar—much less endearing traits.Whatdoesn't strain credulity is entirely predictable. Literary Guild alternate selection

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786229796
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
12/01/2000
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
5.66(w) x 8.72(h) x 1.10(d)

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