The Fallback Plan

The Fallback Plan

by Leigh Stein
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The Fallback Plan by Leigh Stein

A hilarious debut  novel about the tricky period between graduating from college and moving out of your parents’ house

What to do when you’ve just graduated from college and your plans conflict with those of your parents? That is, when your plans to hang out on the couch, re-read your favorite children’s books, and take old prescription tranquilizers, conflict with your parents plans that you, well, get a job?
Without a fallback plan, Eshter Kohler decides she has no choice but to take the job her mother has lined up for her: babysitting for their neighbors, the Browns.
It’s a tricky job, though. Six months earlier, the Browns’ youngest child died. Still, as Esther finds herself falling in love with their surviving daughter May, and distracted by a confusing romance with one of her friends, she doesn’t notice quite how tricky the job is … until she finds herself assuming the role of confidante to May’s mother Amy, and partner in crime to Amy’s husband Nate. Trapped in conflicting roles doomed to collide, Esther is forced to come up with a better idea of who she really is.
Both hilarious and heartbreaking, The Fallback Plan is a beautifully written and moving story of what we must leave behind, and what we manage to hold on to, as we navigate the treacherous terrain between youth and adulthood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612190426
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

This is Leigh Stein’s first novel, although at 26 she is already an accomplished writer. A former New Yorker staffer and frequent contributor to its “Book Bench” blog, her poetry has been published in numerous journals, been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and earned her Poets & Writers Magazine’s Amy Award. She lives in Brooklyn, where she works in children’s publishing and teaches musical theater to elementary school students.

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The Fallback Plan 2.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a recent college graduate from Illinois, moved into the guest room and doing odd jobs, I wondered a little if I was being stalked while this book was written. I came to this book looking for answers, and the fact that I didn't find any explicit ones but ended happy was refreshing. I think the clinically depressed, pill-popping twenty-something skating through life is a bit overused, and occasionally frustrating, but the tone and style recover the stereotype. Most of the characters are cookie-cutter and half-baked (figuratively and literally), with Esther and May being the most intriguing, but for the length and scope of the book, this is actually perfect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Predictable. Lacks development of plot and characters. I would not recommend this book to others
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What had the potential for an insightful novel became a self serving meandering mess
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