Tart [NOOK Book]

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"Tart is my favorite word. I love what it stirs in the mind — the synesthesia of flavor mixing with colors: reds, oranges, and apple-greens, gleaming with cheap temptation, like Jolly Ranchers. It's been a goal of my twenties to live a tart life; I want everything I do to have that sharpness, that edge of almost-too-out-there to be tasty, but not quite."

Meet Claudia Bloom. She's having one of those years. First she steals her ex's VW bus and drives it from Austin to Santa Cruz,...

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Overview

"Tart is my favorite word. I love what it stirs in the mind — the synesthesia of flavor mixing with colors: reds, oranges, and apple-greens, gleaming with cheap temptation, like Jolly Ranchers. It's been a goal of my twenties to live a tart life; I want everything I do to have that sharpness, that edge of almost-too-out-there to be tasty, but not quite."

Meet Claudia Bloom. She's having one of those years. First she steals her ex's VW bus and drives it from Austin to Santa Cruz, where it promptly explodes. Next she lets herself be rescued by Clay, a cute DJ on a motorcycle, falls hard and meets his somehow-never-mentioned-estranged wife while searching frantically for her panties. She tries to forget about Clay and focus on her tenuous new career teaching theater at UC Santa Cruz, only to discover Clay's wife is her colleague and his mother is her boss. Could it get any worse? When her neo-Deadhead cousin shows up with a horse-size mutt, Rex, and the two of them take up residence on her couch, Claudia's pretty sure things have hit rock bottom.

Set in the uber-hip beach town of Santa Cruz, this novel explores the rocky terrain of family secrets, forbidden fruit and all things Tart.

Jody Gehrman teaches writing at Mendocino College in Northern California. Unlike her heroine, she has never perused Victoria's Secret in class, she's never had a crush on a student and she is well aware that syllabi cannot be purchased at Amazon. Tart is her second novel. Visit her at www.jodygehrman.com.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459246249
  • Publisher: Red Dress Ink
  • Publication date: 6/15/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • File size: 503 KB

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  • Posted November 26, 2008

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    She puts the fun in dysfunctional

    Claudia Bloom is one on the most lovable characters I have ever met. She has put off growing up until nearly 30 by staying in school as long as she can, and then grabbing a temp position as a Theater professor. In between she steals an ex-boyfriends bus and drives it cross country, promptly falls into the bed of a coworkers ex, finds her long lost cousin staying in her living room and has to rework her entire family tree with one letter. Definitely dysfunctional, but definitely fun and heartwarming. I've reread this book a dozen times and pass it along at every chance

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2008

    Unexpectedly Good

    At first I thought it was going to be this crazy, funny book judging by it's summary, it isn't, but I liked it anways. At first I only read a few chapter and was put off, the main charctor Claudia is a little screwed up, she comes from a big screwed up family, and she's a self-appointed tart. She doens't like commitment, she likes sex. But even though she's not the character I usually like, something about it drew me in, so i would reccomened it.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    An interesting dysfunctional relationship drama

    In Austin, Texas, Claudia Brown enjoyed the sex with her boyfriend Jonathan, but is not ready for anything permanent. She decides to discard domestic tranquility especially since Jonathan has already found a younger female and return to amazon tart status. She steals Jonathan¿s SUV and drives west only to have his bus ignite on fire; an oil change would have helped before the engine went up in flames, but it is too late now . Biker Clay Parker takes Claudia and her cat Medea to Santa Cruz where she will teach theatre at the University of California at Santa Cruz.................... Claudia and Clay hit it off until she learns he is married to a department peer and to make matters worse, his mother heads the department. Her class thinks she is a flake as her acting technique seems way out and some say so. However, her biggest issue is that she is falling in love with Clay and he seems so in love with Selena....................... TART is an engaging west coast chick lit tale starring a nice woman determined to return to her ¿roots¿ although Claudia cannot fully hide the real woman. Sub-genre readers will enjoy Claudia¿s up and down (figuratively but somewhat literally) relationship with ¿bad¿ boy biker Clay, who is a kind caring person. Fans will agree with his assessment that communication between them such as her asking him about his feelings would have solved many of their problems, but the fun is that she did not so the audience obtains an interesting dysfunctional relationship drama............... Harriet Klausner

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