Farewell, Dorothy Parker

Farewell, Dorothy Parker

by Ellen Meister
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Farewell, Dorothy Parker by Ellen Meister

When it comes to movie reviews, critic Violet Epps is a powerhouse voice. But that’s only because she’s learned to channel her literary hero Dorothy Parker, the most celebrated and scathing wit of the twentieth century. If only Violet could summon that kind of strength in her personal life.

Violet visits the Algonquin Hotel in an attempt to find inspiration from the hallowed dining room where Dorothy Parker and so many other famous writers of the 1920s traded barbs, but she gets more than she bargained for when Parker’s feisty spirit rematerializes. An irreverent ghost with problems of her own—including a refusal to cross over to the afterlife—Mrs. Parker helps Violet face her fears, becoming in turn mentor and tormentor…and ultimately, friend.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101609231
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/21/2013
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 269,169
File size: 517 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ellen Meister is the author of The Other Life, The Smart One, and Secret Confessions of the Applewood PTA. She teaches creative writing at Hofstra University School of Continuing Education and runs an online group where she mentors aspiring women authors.

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Farewell, Dorothy Parker 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When it comes to her job as a movie reviewer for a national magazine Violet Epps carries a mighty-sassy pen. In real life she is a timid woman who lost her ability to defend herself out-loud, a result of being bullied as a child. Violet is desperate now, to find her assertive voice in order to win the fight for custody of her at-risk teenage niece and the courage to break up with a lazy leach of a boyfriend. I love it when I feel an emotional connection to a character and Ellen's character's did not disappoint. Oh how I wanted to join the conversation in Violet's living room with my fearless idol, Dorothy Parker. I swear I could smell the gin and cigarettes. Bravo Ellen, I will be anxiously awaiting Dorothy's next adventure.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Violet Epps is a scathing movie critic who is called some not-so-nice names on internet blogs by those who follow her reviews. In person, however, she is a meek person who stifled her opinions after a childhood scene with her sister that resulted in the family shunning her with silence for being so embarrassingly outspoken. Now, however, Violet needs to get some guts in order to dump her needy, self-centered boyfriend and to speak up at work where her job is threatened by a newbie trying to impress the bosses by editing Violet’s reviews in a way that reads grammatically perfect but stilts Violet’s style big-time! After meeting her boyfriend at the famous Algonquin Restaurant, where she fails to follow-up on her intention to call off their relationship, she accidentally slips into her bag a book signed by famous writers in the 1920s. Arriving home, however, she is shocked to discover that when the book is open, the ghost of notable writer Dorothy Parker is alive and well and is determined to change Violet from the “shrinking” side of that flower to an audacious, feisty woman who will speak her mind as required, with no holds. What follows is a fun, spunky, tension-ridden, but endearing tale of Violet’s conversion and Dorothy’s delight in carrying forward her outrageous reputation for shocking all but getting exactly what she wants. Violet will get rid of the drip, get her colleague in the right place, and meet someone who will change her world, as Dorothy urges her to learn to flirt and become a “hot” contemporary gal. Yes, Dorothy is hysterically funny in her audacious comments and urgings which at times scare the heck out of Violet but which then make complete sense. Dorothy was a healthy dose of reality with no sugar-coated platitudes filling her writing or conversation way back when, a woman before her times but the perfect medicine for curing our heroine of the disease, excessive timidity. Absolutely delightful and great comic, romantic read!
nyauthoress More than 1 year ago
If you are not already a Dorothy Parker fan, Ellen Meister will make you one. Farewell, Dorothy Parker is clever and witty. Thanks to this author for shedding new light on a feisty literary icon and bringing us a fun read in the process. Violet Epps, a sharp-tongued movie reviewer, needs some help in her personal life. Whether it’s breaking up with her boyfriend or bettering her family relationships, she just doesn’t have the oomph she needs. She summons her muse, Dorothy Parker, audacious and witty writer of the 1920s, to pull her out of her timidity. What Violet doesn’t realize is that after she is invited to sign the guest book of the Algonquin Hotel, she inadvertently lets Mrs. Parker’s ghost loose and brings her home. Only after Violet finds the diminutive Mrs. Parker demanding a drink from her couch does she realize that Parker is here to stay in the form of a sharp-tongued, mentoring ghost who becomes trouble and won’t go away. This fictionalized version of Parker’s life, verified in the author’s note, takes liberties for the sake of the narrative. The well-researched book delivers what we long for and then some. Meister captures Parker’s dry wit and sarcasm perfectly. “Don’t be a coward. It’s your moment.” Meister’s writing is funny, intelligent and full of heart, much like that of Dorothy Parker. For those unfamiliar with Parker’s writing, The Portable Dorothy Parker is the ultimate collection of this literary icon’s famous one-liners. G.P. Putman’s Sons graciously sent me an advance review copy for my unbiased opinion. Reviewed by Holly Weiss, author of Crestmont
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Algonquin Round Table Mysteries by J.J. Murphy published a few years ago rekindled my love for Dorothy Parker so I knew this would be a perfect read for me. Violet Epps has no problem voicing her opinions in print but she is much more timid face to face. Very unlike her hero Dorthy Parker. Violet wishes she could be as feisty and brash as dear Dorothy. Hoping a little Dorothy Parker will rub off on her she visits Algonquin Hotel, the place Parker and the Vicious Circle used to meet daily. While there the manager shares an treasured guest book with her. Inside were the signatures like Robert Benchley, George S. Kaufman, Dorothy Parker and more. Violet unintentionally ends up leaving with the guest book in her purse. Little did she know she had Dorothy’s spirit as well. This truly was a fun and entertaining read but it had some sobering moments as well. Violet’s sister and her husband were killed in a car accident and she is fighting to gain custody of her niece. Violet needs to be on her very best behavior and follow the judges orders and that isn’t always easy but having an outspoken and sometimes overly friendly ghost nearby makes things even more difficult. It also creates havoc at work and in Violet’s romantic life. Ellen Meister has brought the Vanity Fair writer to life in a very interesting way. I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next and cringing when Dorothy really crossed the line. The relationship between these two ladies had me laughing out loud and crying a little too, forgetting that while she could be seen by others, Dorothy was just a spirit and they couldn’t stay together forever. A spirit the helped Violet find her own voice and exceed her own expectations. Farewell Dorothy Parker is a well researched fiction story and the author admits she has taken some liberties to write the book she had been dreaming of writing. Meister has captured Parker’s wit and sense of humor perfectly. I don’t care what is written about me so long as it isn’t true. ~Dorothy Parker I think she would love this book!!
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I enjoyed this book a great deal. I laughed and I cried.
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