Wallflower in Bloom: A Novel

Wallflower in Bloom: A Novel

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by Claire Cook
     
 

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From the acclaimed bestselling author of Must Love Dogs comes a winning and witty new novel about a woman who emerges from the shadow of her overbearing family and finds herself “dancing with the stars.”

Deirdre Griffin has a great life; it’s just not her own. She’s the around-the-clock personal assistant to her charismatic,… See more details below

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From the acclaimed bestselling author of Must Love Dogs comes a winning and witty new novel about a woman who emerges from the shadow of her overbearing family and finds herself “dancing with the stars.”

Deirdre Griffin has a great life; it’s just not her own. She’s the around-the-clock personal assistant to her charismatic, high-maintenance, New Age guru brother, Tag. As the family wallflower, her only worth seems to be as gatekeeper to Tag at his New England seaside compound.

Then Deirdre’s sometime boyfriend informs her that he is marrying another woman, who just happens to be having the baby he told Deirdre he never wanted. While drowning her sorrows in Tag’s expensive vodka, Deirdre decides to use his massive online following to get herself voted on as a last-minute Dancing with the Stars replacement. It’ll get her back in shape, mentally and physically. It might even get her a life of her own. Deirdre’s fifteen minutes of fame have begun.

Irresistible and offbeat, Wallflower in Bloom is an original and deeply satisfying story of having the courage to take a leap into the spotlight, no matter where you land.

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Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Book Review
“A fun-filled romp of a middle-aged womancoming into her own. Through Claire Cook’s skilled narrative, [readers] won’trealize till the very end they’ve been taught a wonderful lesson. It is nevertoo late to find your place in the world.”
Working Mother
A Working Mother "Summer Beach Read"
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“Filled with sweet humor and all the eye-rolling moments of jumbled yet ultimately loving family relations, romance, and coming into one’s own, this women’s fiction is a definite pleaser for devotees of the genre.” —Booklist

“A fun and inspiring read . . . Cook’s humor and narrative execution is impeccable; Deirdre’s increasing self-consciousness elicits support for her to overcome insecurity and endure in her journey to find happiness and fulfillment on her own terms.” —Publishers Weekly

New York Journal of Books
“Cook’s penchant forhitting the emotional sore spot and combining it with humor hits the mark. ...A thoroughly enjoyable and amusing read, this story is sure to delight.”
Indie Bound
"This is a very funny read that will make you roll your eyes about family!"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451672787
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
06/05/2012
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
101,707
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Claire Cook wrote her first novel in her minivan when she was forty-five. At fifty, she walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the film adaptation of her second novel, Must Love Dogs, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. She is the bestselling author of nine other novels and divides her time between the suburbs of Atlanta and Boston. Visit her at ClaireCook.com.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Scituate, Massachusetts
Date of Birth:
February 14, 1955
Place of Birth:
Alexandria, Virginia
Education:
B.A., Film and Creative Writing, Syracuse University
Website:
http://www.clairecook.com

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