Solos

Solos

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by Kitty Burns Florey
     
 

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Emily Lime, whose name reads the same backwards as forwards, is a photographer and word-lover-at-large. Her Brooklyn neighborhood teems with eccentrics and their myriad pets-and Emily is proud to call many of them her friends. Although the thirtysomething crossword junkie is flying solo and down on her financial luck, she's learned to be happy with life's simple

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Emily Lime, whose name reads the same backwards as forwards, is a photographer and word-lover-at-large. Her Brooklyn neighborhood teems with eccentrics and their myriad pets-and Emily is proud to call many of them her friends. Although the thirtysomething crossword junkie is flying solo and down on her financial luck, she's learned to be happy with life's simple pleasures.

Things get complicated when Marcus Mead, Emily's dog-walker-cum-Scrabble-rival, comes into the picture. Widely considered an oddball, the endearing twenty-year-old has unwittingly become Emily's absurd, unrequited love. The only problem (besides the sixteen-year age difference) is that Marcus's father is Emily's paranoid, unsavory ex-husband-and he wants her dead. More specifically, he wants Marcus to kill her. And now it'll take some cunning to solve the puzzle that is their lives...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Florey's witty, charming eighth novel (Souvenir of Cold Springs; Vigil for a Stranger; etc.) follows the travails of palindrome-obsessed-and appropriately named-Emily Lime and her coterie of like-minded friends in their quirky Williamsburg, Brooklyn, neighborhood. At 36, Emily is still trying to find her way as a photographer. She's also broke and lonely, and she hasn't quite gotten over her divorce. To make matters worse, Emily's ex-husband, the heartless Tab Hartwell, wants his son to murder her. To further complicate matters, Hart's son is Emily's dreamy dog walker, 21-year-old Marcus Mead, upon whom she has a huge crush. Perhaps the strongest character in the novel, however, is Emily's Williamsburg, which sometimes competes with Marcus for her affections. The author's sure way with setting redeems flashbacks to Marcus's rural Pennsylvania childhood, which could have been cutely cloying tidbits about a bookish boy and his hippie mom, but instead offer sweet, sharp insights into a "bewilderingly different" boy. Florey doesn't serve up obvious plot lines, and the novel's unexpected ending satisfies. If this clever, engrossing book suffers from any flaw, it's that the characters have so much in common: there are far too many dog-loving, word-fixated, art-appreciating, Trollope-reading crossword puzzle aficionados for any single novel. But that's a small quibble in a light, winning read. Agent, Mary Alice Kier at Cine/Lit Representation. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Likable caper by Florey (Souvenir of Cold Springs, 2002, etc.) about a convivial set of Brooklyn artists who make the best of a bad world while fighting off serial rapists and hit men. Most people move to the secluded Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg in search of cheap rents, large lofts, and a well-established arts scene; Marcus Mead moved there for its Zip Code (11211, one of the few palindromic Zip Codes in New York). This sort of thing is important to Marcus, who walks dogs for a living and grew up reading the White Pages for fun. One of his clients is Emily Lime, a divorced photographer who lives with a dog, a cockatoo, and a closet full of ugly paintings left to her by an old friend from the neighborhood. Emily has become increasingly fond of Marcus since he began walking her dog, a good sign that she is finally getting over her divorce, though it raises some problems, too. For one thing, Marcus is her stepson, born 20 years ago to her ex-husband Tad Hartwell and his old flame Summer Mead. He is also 16 years younger than Emily. And he has just been hired by Tad to murder Emily for $200,000. Marcus is at something of a loss: He's never killed anyone before, and he rather likes Emily. But he also needs money for a pickup truck and has wanted some way of getting closer to his dad (who left him when he was eight) now that his mother has died. As Marcus begins to dig into the story of his father's marriage to Emily, he makes a number of discoveries that no one (or, at least, few people) might have guessed at. Does he go through with the plan? The most that can decently be said is that he solves his father's problems in the end. A pleasant and well-made tale, the more agreeable forits light tone and touch. Agent: Mary Alice Kier at Cine/Lit Representation

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425195994
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
08/03/2004
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.79(d)

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Solos 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading 'Solos' is like spending a weekend with a good friend, who also happens to be witty and charming and can tell a great story. The Williamsburg setting is fun, but even if you're not from THE CITY (even if you're from rural Maine, for example, like I am), the warmth and humor of this book make it worth reading. It's a well-written, intelligent book you don't need to feel guilty about loving! I've been recommending it to all my friends, and those who've read it have enjoyed it as much as I did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one big gulp. The author plunges you into a complete, small, wonderful world - a world so delightful you want to be part of it, even though you don't live anywhere near Brooklyn, NY! Do I want to be friends with Emily and Marcus? Yes. Do I suddenly have an urge to do crossword puzzles, make palindromes and eat Mallomars? Yes, yes! I almost regretted I wasn't depressed when I read this novel - it's so charming, wise & funny, you can't help but feel good when you finish.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Kitty Burns Florey is one of my favorite authors and her latest book, SOLOS, doesn't disappoint. What a delightful tale of young love and the art world! Get it right away.'