A Sign of the Eighties

A Sign of the Eighties

by Gail Parent

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This delightful new novel by the author of Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York features three contemporary inhabitants of the Big Apple. Shelley Silver is a successful career woman who has set her sights on the one thing she thinks her life lacksa husband. The object of her pursuit is Mickey Burke, a divorced sitcom writer who has no desire to test the matrimonial waters again. Shelley plots her strategies with the care of an army general planning an invasion, but to no availMickey remains firmly, happily unmarried. Into their lives comes Astra Rainbow Blakely, Mickey's new secretary, a love child born in the late '60s who wants nothing more than to be like everybody else. Astra Rainbow is a walking textbook of proper office practices, but as Mickey and Shelley get to know the young woman, they discover there is more to her than meets the eye. Parent writes about these urbanites with humor, insight and sympathy, producing a is consistently entertaining tale. First serial to Cosmopolitan; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternates. (May 22)
Library Journal - Library Journal
By the time Shelly Silver, a successful New York caterer, reaches 35 she has participated in the militant, bra-less campaign of the feminists and is ready to chuck it all in favor of snaring a husband. Her primary objective is Mickey, a talented, nervous, once-married TV comedy writer, who just as eagerly plots to remain single. Into this picture comes an unwitting catalyst, Astra Rainbow, Mickey's strange, lovely young secretary, a love child of the 60s who spent her early years wandering from one commune to the next with her flower-child mother. Though the thread of the novel traces Shelly's quest, it is the incidents and characters along the way that give the book its life and very real poignant, often Jewish humor. Parent's novel mirrors the changing values of the last few decades in a very funny way and is highly recommended. Marion Hanscom, SUNY at Binghamton Lib.

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