Stressed In Scottsdale [NOOK Book]

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With the absurdity of desert living set in her literary cross hairs, Fine once again skewers some of Scottsdale's finest while her protagonist, Jean, tries to find sanity in a world where it rains dirt and blind sheep fall off mountains. In this third installment of the Jean Rubin series our heroine comically demonstrates that modern living isn't for sissies and Fine addresses the deeper issues of the environment and political corruption as she couches them in laugh-out-loud lines. Wickedly funny. "Stressed in ...
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Stressed In Scottsdale

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Overview

With the absurdity of desert living set in her literary cross hairs, Fine once again skewers some of Scottsdale's finest while her protagonist, Jean, tries to find sanity in a world where it rains dirt and blind sheep fall off mountains. In this third installment of the Jean Rubin series our heroine comically demonstrates that modern living isn't for sissies and Fine addresses the deeper issues of the environment and political corruption as she couches them in laugh-out-loud lines. Wickedly funny. "Stressed in Scottsdale?” Surely that’s an oxymoron. However, by setting her novel in the sunny, chic and relaxing resort of Scottsdale, Arizona, award-winning author Marcia Fine meticulously sets up the tensions facing Jean--a middle-aged, over-committed writer who is pulled in too many directions by her semi-retired husband, her recently widowed mother, her daughter and grandchildren, as well as her bevy of best friends. Quite by accident, she finds herself entangled in the socio-political conflict between the Green Party’s candidate and a land developer, who has not only razed archaeological sites for his proposed resort, but is married to Jean‘s arch-enemy. Readers will find that Ms. Fine’s razor-sharp humor, keen eye for details, and inclusion of relevant themes create a very enjoyable read.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011860553
  • Publisher: L'Image Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/6/2010
  • Series: The Jean Rubin Series , #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 286
  • Sales rank: 1,187,250
  • File size: 660 KB

Meet the Author

Marcia Fine has always been a keen observer of people. Beginning adult life as a high school English teacher she migrated to teaching at the college level. Abandoning academia she became an entrepreneur building and operating a large model and talent agency. Living and raising a family in Arizona with her husband, Marcia began putting her experiences on paper and began the witty and clever Jean Rubin Series the first of which was Gossip.com. This was followed by Boomerang - When Life Comes Back to Bite You and most recently, Stressed In Scottsdale. In between Marcia has authored two award winning historical novels, Paper Children and The Blind Eye - A Challenge of Faith. Currently she is hard at work on her sixth book.
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  • Posted May 1, 2010

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    Couldn't relate, so wasn't amused

    Had a hard time getting into this one, as I simply couldn't relate to the main character. Jean Rubin has to juggle the demands of her job with the demands of her friends and family. I could see what the author was trying to do, but since so much of Jean's stress seemed self-inflicted, I couldn't really sympathize or find it amusing. For instance, I found nothing amusing about her recently unemployed son asking for money so that he and his wife could go on a fertility vacation in order to have a second child. Excuse me?

    Really liked Jean's husband Maury, a semi-retired doctor. He seemed like a nice guy, but I do wish that Jean had insisted that he help her out around the house more. His heart was in the right place, but he had no clue. Didn't really care for Jean's two best friends, April and Glee. They seemed a little two-dimensional to me, and I couldn't relate to either one. Her mother seemed like a typical elderly mother, so no complaints there. Didn't like her kids at all, as they came across as self-centered and spoiled.

    Gave this book a 3/5 rating as it was an okay read. No issues at all with the writing or plot, but I just didn't care for the characters or find it amusing. Think it's because I've been fiercely independent my entire life, so can't relate to people who allow others to take advantage of them or haven't learned how to say no.

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  • Posted March 4, 2010

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    Stressed in Scottsdale

    STRESSED IN SCOTTSDALE by Marcia Fine follows the life of one Jean Rubin, who is more than just stressed. She tries to fit in with the social crowd, move her mother to a new home, volunteer and also deal with clients. Can you see why she is so stressed? But she deals with the pressure with humor and Fine's story is written with such flair, that you can't help but enjoy this satirical look at life in Scottsdale. She also inserts tips on relieving stress and the beginning of her chapters which I found rather useful.

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