Pretty Blue

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Overview

"I was lucky enough to reclaim part of my past when I searched for and found my birth mother, Annie Parker, four years ago. Although I prepared myself the best I could for the long-awaited reunion, it was actually upsetting and uncomfortable for me in ways I didn't anticipate. Annie Parker didn't slam any doors in my face, but she was tough, cold, and blatantly disdainful of my education and my upbringing¿ The reality of my birth had shattered the fairy tale of possibilities I'd spent a lifetime creating."

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Overview

"I was lucky enough to reclaim part of my past when I searched for and found my birth mother, Annie Parker, four years ago. Although I prepared myself the best I could for the long-awaited reunion, it was actually upsetting and uncomfortable for me in ways I didn't anticipate. Annie Parker didn't slam any doors in my face, but she was tough, cold, and blatantly disdainful of my education and my upbringing¿ The reality of my birth had shattered the fairy tale of possibilities I'd spent a lifetime creating."

Faye works in New York¿s fashionable and cutthroat cooking-show industry, where the people are as disposable as overripe fruit. She is sharp, hip, and wisely discreet. Although scarred by the tragic deaths of her adoptive parents and her fiancé¿who was killed in the 9/11 attacks¿she keeps her private life and its heartbreaks to herself. When Faye¿s therapist suggests that she locate her birth mother, the long-awaited reunion does not go as planned. Annie Parker is a shady alcoholic who will do anything to try to cut her newfound daughter down to size. The wise course of action would be for Faye to walk away and forget the past. But will she be able to turn her back on her mother¿s final, harrowing call for help?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598009279
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2006
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 0.53 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 5.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kari Caulfield was born in Greenwich Village, New York, and now lives on Long Island. She is a practicing attorney and a member of several Manhattan writers' groups. She has borrowed heavily from her own incredibly outrageous life to pen this hauntingly beautiful yet shocking first novel..
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There is a strong wind blowing down lower Broadway. The kind of wind that carries sweet, burning scents aloft across time. The kind that carries memories of sunnier suns down much simpler village streets, when everything was bill-boarded black and white with folk dreams and fresh desires. The kind of wind that would have awakened Vanessa's long-haired smile when she was still expecting to fly.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2006

    Pretty 'Good'

    I really enjoyed this book, from the first page I was hooked and could not put it down. The author does an excellent job of developing the characters and moving the story along at a crisp pace. Once you start it you won't be able to stop. A must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2006

    AMAZING! A Must Read!!!

    Wow, what a novel! This 'one of a kind' story is intriguing on so many levels that it left me wanting to learn more and more about Faye Mercury and the many characters that influence her life. It is a wonderful novel presenting the main characters' struggle to integrate her present identity and the potential of her other identity as Patsy Cage. You feel Faye's inner struggle with her current life and her desire to (finally) meet her birth mother. Will it live up to all of her dreams? The writer uses wonderful descriptions that brings the novel alive and develops each character in ways that make you feel as if you know them. It is a psychological journey with great character development that ends in a crescendo of an unbelievably, shocking ending! Exhilarating! I can't wait for Ms. Caulfield's next novel....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2006

    Emotional Story!

    Great debut novel from this new author! Pretty Blue is a deeply emotional story with full developed characters. The reader is drawn into Faye Mercury¿s life and loves and is quickly captivated with her. I didn¿t want the book to end ¿ Pretty Blue leaves you wanting more ¿ I can¿t wait to read the next novel from this author. She has a gift for story telling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2006

    Great Story

    I found this book to be a pageturner from the start. Would like to read more from this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2006

    Worthy of a Pulitzer

    Riveting...dares the reader to question his or her own beliefs and prejudices about adoption and relationships, in general, all in the context of a beautifully written story. Nominated for an EVVY Award but worthy of a Pulitzer! Mark my words... this author's books will become required reading in colleges and other venues.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2006

    Gifted storyteller

    This book took me away! The descriptive prose came to life on each page. Faye Mercury searches for meaning and love in her life and walks blindly into the eye of a storm. The storm is her secret past come back to haunt her. And her past is unforgiving. Excellent read! Shocking, tragic, gripping drama.

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