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The Lion is In
     

The Lion is In

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by Delia Ephron
 

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.Tracee is a runaway bride and kleptomaniac.  Lana's an audacious beauty and a recovering alcoholic.  Rita is a holy-roller minister's wife, desperate to escape her marriage and discover whether she actually has a mind of her own. 

One warm summer's night, these three women go on the lam together.  Their car breaks down on a rural highway in

Overview

.Tracee is a runaway bride and kleptomaniac.  Lana's an audacious beauty and a recovering alcoholic.  Rita is a holy-roller minister's wife, desperate to escape her marriage and discover whether she actually has a mind of her own. 

One warm summer's night, these three women go on the lam together.  Their car breaks down on a rural highway in North Carolina and they're forced to seek shelter in a seemingly abandoned nightclub.  Which is where they meet Marcel.  And soon everything changes. 

Marcel, you see, is a lion, a retired circus performer stuck in a cage in this godforsaken roadhouse.  And through admiration - one might even say love - for Marcel, our heroines find a way to confront their complicated pasts and fight for the strange, embracing relationships they've formed out in the middle of nowhere.  They ultimately navigate their way back to their own hearts - and ours.

Written with the deftness, humor, and sparkling wit that have marked her books, plays, and movies, Delia Ephron's The Lion Is In is an unforgettable story of friendship, courage, love - and learning to salsa with the king of the jungle.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Ephron's newest (after The Girl with the Mermaid Hair) follows a trio of women looking to escape their pasts and build a new life in an unlikely place and with an even stranger companion—a former circus lion named Marcel. Lana is a tough recovering alcoholic who has always served as protector of her best friend, Tracee, a kleptomaniac abandoned by her parents when she was young, and currently on the run from dashed hopes that her bum ex would propose. While fixing a flat on their getaway Mustang, Lana and Tracee—still in her immaculate stolen gown—meet Rita, a middle-aged wife and mother wandering down the road, seeking a life apart from her controlling and unloving pastor husband. When an accident leaves them stranded outside a haphazardly built diner called The Lion—complete with a big cat in a big cage—the women's journeys stall, but their lives intertwine and grow together. Taking up as waitresses at the restaurant, they find comfort in their differences, and the strange allure of Marcel—once the center of attention in the big-top—impels the women to reclaim their lives. Ephron fans and newcomers alike will find plenty to enjoy in this fun, refreshing, and incredibly touching read. (May)
From the Publisher
Praise for THE LION IS IN by Delia Ephron:

"One of the sharpest observers of human behavior around, Ephron, with her trademark mastery of smart, snappy dialogue, delivers a read-in-one-sitting, feel-good celebration of resiliency and hope."
Booklist

"Three women embark on a journey of self-discovery, facilitated by a giant feline, in Ephron's whimsical but winsome third novel."

Kirkus Reviews

"Imagine if Siegfried & Roy had written Water for Elephants The Lion Is In is off to the races from the first sentence. [A] fun ride."

Tampa Bay Times

"The best kind of chick lit - an engaging feminist romance from which the reader emerges with a welcome mood boost. Twinkling with wit and warmth, it also packs a moral punch: We need to forgive not just each other, but ourselves, make amends wherever we can and just ease the heck up already."-Newark Star Ledger

"Ephron fans and newcomers alike will find plenty to enjoy in this fun, refreshing, and incredibly touching read."-Publisher's Weekly

"This wistfully wacky story features a stolen wedding dress, AA meetings, a driving instructor as romantic hero, a cranky nightclub owner and a God-fearing villain. As Marcel roars his wisdom, each woman becomes brave enough to free herself from her own cage."-More

"Readers seeking a heartfelt, offbeat adventure will adore Ephron's fragile but feisty heroines…The perfect getaway for readers who long to reconnect with their inner selves, this quirky comedy's sense of wonder will delight and inspire."-Shelf Awareness

"Sweet, satisfying, and worth the wait."-New York Times Book Review

Kirkus Reviews
Three women embark on a journey of self-discovery, facilitated by a giant feline, in Ephron's whimsical but winsome third novel. Twenty-somethings Tracee and Lana, best friends since childhood, have left Baltimore on the run from an unnamed crisis, but Tracee's escape attire--a designer wedding dress--provides a clue to the zaniness to follow. Lana, a recovering alcoholic who dropped out of college, is fixing a flat when drab, middle-aged Rita, who's been walking the highway for several hours, offers a hand. Rita accepts a ride in Lana's Mustang, destination unknown. Outside the rural village of Fairville, N.C., Tracee falls asleep at the wheel and totals the car. Seeking shelter, the women happen upon a ramshackle roadhouse called The Lion. Breaking in, they are shocked to discover an actual lion caged in a corner. The Lion's slovenly owner, Clayton, hires all three women as waitresses, although he at first consigns Rita to menial chores for insufficient hotness. Tim, a gangly but kind young man who works at the local dollar store as well as for Clayton, finds lodging for the women, who are stuck in Fairville until they can earn enough to fix the Mustang. Since the furniture industry outsourced all the jobs, everyone in Fairville is scrabbling for a living, and business is slow at the Lion. This changes when Rita and the lion, whose name is Marcel, form a special bond. Soon, she's taking Marcel for early-morning walks and performing lion-taming stunts in the bar at night. The characters undergo transformations as The Lion draws crowds. Clayton spruces up and tries to court Rita, who's newly confident and adventurous after decades in the stifling marriage she fled. Lana, whose confession in a town AA meeting is used against her by the local police, begins to rebuild the bridges she's burned, and Tracee, a kleptomaniac, finds a refuge from past bad boyfriend woes. Although the life-affirming message is hardly subtle, Ephron delivers it with finesse.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399158483
Publisher:
Blue Rider Press
Publication date:
03/29/2012
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.34(h) x 1.07(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
Praise for THE LION IS IN by Delia Ephron:

"One of the sharpest observers of human behavior around, Ephron, with her trademark mastery of smart, snappy dialogue, delivers a read-in-one-sitting, feel-good celebration of resiliency and hope."
Booklist

“Three women embark on a journey of self-discovery, facilitated by a giant feline, in Ephron’s whimsical but winsome third novel.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Imagine if Siegfried & Roy had written Water for Elephants The Lion Is In is off to the races from the first sentence. [A] fun ride.”
Tampa Bay Times


“The best kind of chick lit — an engaging feminist romance from which the reader emerges with a welcome mood boost. Twinkling with wit and warmth, it also packs a moral punch: We need to forgive not just each other, but ourselves, make amends wherever we can and just ease the heck up already.”—Newark Star Ledger

“Ephron fans and newcomers alike will find plenty to enjoy in this fun, refreshing, and incredibly touching read.”—Publisher’s Weekly

“This wistfully wacky story features a stolen wedding dress, AA meetings, a driving instructor as romantic hero, a cranky nightclub owner and a God-fearing villain. As Marcel roars his wisdom, each woman becomes brave enough to free herself from her own cage.”—More

“Readers seeking a heartfelt, offbeat adventure will adore Ephron's fragile but feisty heroines…The perfect getaway for readers who long to reconnect with their inner selves, this quirky comedy's sense of wonder will delight and inspire.”—Shelf Awareness

“Sweet, satisfying, and worth the wait.”—New York Times Book Review

Meet the Author

Delia Ephron, author and screenwriter, has written many books for children and adults, including the recent novel Hanging Up. Her film work as a writer and producer includes the movie Hanging Up, as well as You've Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, and Michael. She lives in New York City.

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The Lion Is In 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I picked it up on a whim when I needed a quick read that was not too heavy and would draw me in quickly. The back cover was so intriguing that I couldn't resist. It is funny, whimsical, and makes you truly care about each character. I'm a slow reader, yet I finished this book in about 3 sittings. The author weaves in the characters past history to help you understand the conflicts in the present, and moves the characters through revelations and redemption and new found love. The relationships developed among the characters are unique and endearing. It is one of those feel good stories with an ending that is hopeful and tied up with a nice bow!
j_loves_booksJS More than 1 year ago
The Lion Is In is one of those wonderful books that you will fly through in a short time. The adventures of three women,on the run begin when they find themselves stuck in a small North Carolina town and working in a bar that houses a lion named Marcel (yes, a real lion). This majestic king of the jungle has a mystical and wise sense about him. Lana, Tracee, and Rita, each have their own struggles that we learn of that have led to them to being on the run, but through their relationships with each other and Marcel, over time each of the women begins to heal the wounds of their pasts and find a new road to travel in life. The Lion Is In starts off as a whimsical, joy-ride of a book fueled by Ephron-style humor but by the final page, the deep meaning about the power we have to change the course of our lives and the power of the human and animal spirit to rebound will touch you deep in your heart and bring a smile to your face.
Twink More than 1 year ago
3.5/5 I'm always interested in the origins of a book - how do writers come up with their ideas? Does something specific spark that first line? In Delia Ephron's case the answer is yes...... "This book happened because of an anxiety attack. I was worried about something… something that I knew wasn’t going to be resolved for a while, and I thought how can I ever get through this? And that night when I went to sleep, I had a dream. A most vivid dream about three women and a lion. When I woke up, I wondered for a second if what I dreamed was real. Then I knew it was my next novel." Lana and Tracee (who is wearing a wedding dress) pull over to the side of the road with a flat tire. And along comes Rita, calmly walking down the side of the highway, on her way to - well, she doesn't really know where. Rita helps fix the tire and accepts a ride to wherever the young women are headed. The trip ends in North Carolina when the old Mustang breaks down again. Between the three of them, they have little money, no clothes, no anything. So, they break into a shabby looking roadhouse for the night. And discover that the name of the bar - The Lion - is, in fact reality based - there is a huge old lion in a cage inside. And so begins The Lion is In. I was engaged right away - I wanted to know the reasons behind that wedding dress and the older woman walking alone on a highway. A lion in a bar promised quirky and Ephron delivered on that promise. Each of the characters (including the supporting cast)is flawed or wounded to a certain degree. But they're all trying to find their footing and break away from what's holding them back. And segue to the lion - Marcel -yes, that's his name - though caged, is the catalyst and the impetus that sets them free. The Lion is In was a quick, fun read for me. Yes, you have to suspend disbelief a few times, but if you're in the mood for a heartwarming, feel-good read, this is a good bet. Nothing too deep, although I did like Tim's Theory of One. " All you need is one person to make a difference in your life. You can have the world's most awful life....but if one person believes in you, you'll be okay." Delia Ephron is also a screenwriter - remember that movie - You've Got Mail? The Lion is In has the same feel - lots of off-centre, quirky characters (Tim is a favourite), odd situations and the hope that it will all work out in the end. I could easily see this book being made into a movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very thought-provoking book, enjoyed it
SunnygirlNY More than 1 year ago
While there were some cute passages in this book, on the whole I would say it is sophomoric at best, and ridiculous at worst. I think anyone beyond their 20's would agree with me.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Fun, gripping, and touching. Fast read that has depth and little side stories that give it holding power. Highly recommend if you like animals and the human spirit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago