On Mermaid Avenue

On Mermaid Avenue

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by Binnie Kirshenbaum
     
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This rollicking first novel, which follows best friends Monarose and Edie from Manhattan undergraduate classes through their post-college search for men and happiness, offers the kind of hilarious, often poignant life knowledge that should be required for Mensa membership. Kirshenbaum, author of the story collection Married Life and Other Adventures , opens and closes this longer fiction with weddings, even though narrator Monarose observes, ``If this is supposed to be the biggest day in a girl's life, it doesn't leave much to look forward to.'' Edie introduces her previously docile friend to the outre --kohl eye makeup procured during a trip to Egypt, a homemade bugging device to spy on a former boyfriend--and since her hyperkinetic imagination can transform the least promising wimp into an exotic male to die for, a parade of questionable suitors enter and exit their lives. Tension builds in the friendship when one of the women becomes serious about a man the other detests, challenging Edie's ideal scenario: ``We could be like the Flintstones and the Rubbles, best friends who go bowling together.'' Mermaid Avenue is home to Coney Island's Cyclone roller coaster; this comic novel likewise presents the highs and lows of life's gritty truths for two dizzy dames. Author tour. ( Mar. )
Library Journal - Library Journal
When Mona Rose meets outrageous Edie Hawke in college, it's like falling in love. The two are instantly inseparable. Edie makes the ordinary extraordinary, including Monarose (as she's dubbed by her new best friend). Devoted to the pursuit of happiness after graduation, they dabble at work while concentrating on adventures and men (e.g., a Russian for Edie, a mesmerized slave for both to share). It's all enchanting until Edie decides not only to marry an ordinary, if not actually phony, man but to have an ordinary, if not hackneyed, wedding--but is it a real plan, or another of Edie's pranks? Kirshenbaum's writing is crisp and clever, and her story zips along, a frothy, quirky tale of urban chic female bonding that touches on issues of expectation and change as its mood shifts from giddy to pensive. A small, surprisingly memorable, pleasure.-- Michele Leber, Fairfax Cty. P.L., Va.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780880641562
Publisher:
Fromm International Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
04/28/1994
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
166
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.46(h) x 0.47(d)

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