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"When Fiona Hardison, a blocked Edith Wharton scholar, is passed over for promotion as a result of maneuverings by her longtime lover, she is devastated. Angrily she offers her resignation. Instead of the disaster she anticipates, however, her impulsive act initiates a fascinating journey toward self-discovery." "When a friend suggests she look to the Tarot for guidance, Fiona complies. And, as she and her colleagues careen through an hilarious plot of confused dalliances and multiple betrayals, Fiona finds herself re-evaluating her career focus, ...
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"When Fiona Hardison, a blocked Edith Wharton scholar, is passed over for promotion as a result of maneuverings by her longtime lover, she is devastated. Angrily she offers her resignation. Instead of the disaster she anticipates, however, her impulsive act initiates a fascinating journey toward self-discovery." "When a friend suggests she look to the Tarot for guidance, Fiona complies. And, as she and her colleagues careen through an hilarious plot of confused dalliances and multiple betrayals, Fiona finds herself re-evaluating her career focus, her emotional relationships and her future prospects for happiness." Along the way, she discovers unexpected symmetries with Edith Wharton's life that present her with a fresh approach to this great American author, whom the reader comes to know in a very personal way.
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Carol Haggas
"In an unconventional book-within-a-book device, Miller reveals lengthy excerpts from Fiona's work-in-progress, a fascinating study of Wharton in its own right, and the perfect accompaniment to a smart, satiric send-up of the Machiavellian world of ivory tower passions and politics."—Carol Haggas
J. Haggas
Unfortunately for literature professor Fiona Hardison, sleeping with the boss isn't exactly a career-enhancing move. When her smarmy lover, the unfortunately named Sigmund Froelich, denies her promotion, ostensibly because she has failed to complete her long-overdue biography of Edith Wharton, Fiona takes an unflagging and often unusual course to reevaluate her professional and personal relationships. "Tarot readings, thoughtful retreats, heartfelt discussions with a riotous cast of sympathetic friends, none are as rewarding as immersing herself in writing about Wharton, her muse and alter- ego, and the subsequent discovery of unsettling parallels between Wharton's life and her own gives Fiona both the guidance and courage to change. " Prowling the corruptly competitive halls of academe, Miller provides an intelligent and ambitious look at the publish-or-perish world of high-stakes education. " In an unconventional book-within-a-book device, Miller reveals lengthy excerpts from Fiona's work-in-progress, a fascinating study of Wharton in its own right, and the perfect accompaniment to a smart, satiric send-up of the Machiavellian world of ivory tower passions and politics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780970152589
  • Publisher: Winedale Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

LYNN C. MILLER has published stories in North Dakota Quarterly, Writer, Forum, and Hawaii Review. She makes her home in Albuquerque.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2003

    Fool's Journey a Delightful Romp

    Lynn Miller's "Fool's Journey" takes you on a wonderful ride. Her central character, Fiona, a compelling English professor and writer in Austin, Texas, with the help of a tarot card reader finds her way through the labyrinthine world of campus politics. Through all the sex, intrigue, and surprising twists, Miller's delightful prose and sharp sense of humor pokes fun at the pompous and creates a wonderful set of characters. A humor-filled romp well worth the read.

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