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From Barnes & NobleThe Barnes & Noble Review from Discover Great New Writers
The protagonist of Nicole Stansbury's debut is spunky young Lucy Taylor, who, with her enigmatic mother, Miriam, her perfect sister, Jen, and her father, Bob, is en route from L.A. to Provo, Utah, to begin a new life in the land of pie-baking, fruit-canning Martha Stewart Mormons.
But the narcissistic Miriam, the axis upon which the Taylor family spins, is a malcontent. She's not interested in being the perfect housewife and mother, or in trying to fit in. She has bigger fish to fry. She wants a job, she wants a dream house, she wants to go to college -- her dreams, in fact, are endless. Lucy's dreams are of a less complicated life: of a father who has time for her instead of tamping out her mother's latest fire, of a mother "who never picked at [her] dad or forgot to wear a bra or caused trouble." But Lucy is also smart enough to see the joy and variety that her wild car wreck-of-a-mother brings to their lives, and to revel in it, as flawed as the object of her affection may be.
Fans of Mona Simpson, and Discover readers who enjoyed the Summer 2001 story collection Georgia Under Water by Heather Sellers -- Nicole Stansbury's pitch-perfect debut is for you! (Spring 2002 Selection)