The Zarr sisters have traveled far and wide to discover their dreams-and themselves. "Make it in Hollywood" was always Estelle's mantra. She's made it to Hollywood, but she's far from becoming a celebrated fi lm editor. Her sister Erica is in New York, where she's writing fiction, but not feeling quite at home in the literary salon. Meanwhile back in Toronto, Jessie's perfect life, set in stone at the age of twenty-one when she married a doctor and then had two children, has begun to crumble. Even their mother is having doubts about the life she chose, wondering if maybe she should never have put marriage ahead of her blossoming career in show biz...
|Publisher:||Penguin Group (USA)|
|Product dimensions:||5.18(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.92(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Joanna Goodman is the author of the acclaimed Belle of the Bayou. Her stories have appeared in such publications as Fiddlehead, Ottawa Citizen, Event, and New Quarterly, and the anthology A Room at the Heart of Things.
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i am in love with this book. this is the first book i read by joanna goodman and now i plan on reading all of hers. When i realized that i only had a few more pages, i was devistated. i did not want to finish it but i had to know what happened to all of these amazingly drawn characters. this book is not only funny but also gets personal. you cant help but to find yourself connecting to all the characters in some way. this book has by far become my favorite book. if you are looking for a book to make you forget your outside surroundings then this is the book. if you are looking for a book to somehow help you through a difficult time, then this is the book for you. after reading this book you cannot help but want to change yourself for the better, as you witness all her characters doing the same.
Estelle Zarr dreams of making it in Hollywood as a highly regarded movie director and to find her soulmate, but so far has failed on both fronts. Having never left their hometown of Toronto, her sister Jessie worries about everything involving her two children Levi and Ilana as her marriage fails. The third sibling Erica lives in New York where she dreams of becoming writer, but instead lives her aspirations through her live-in lover, novelist Paul. Their parents also living in Toronto, Lilly and former songwriter Milton, struggle with the ennui of their golden years that seem tarnished lately.--------------------- When Milton's former partner Gladys dies, he feels his mortality. His two daughters living in the States join the third sister in Toronto to attend the funeral of a person who was like an aunt to them and to offer their condolences especially to their father. Each of the sisters looks at how green the grass is under the feet of their siblings, how jealous of the attention their mom showers on the other two, and makes decisions about their future. Estelle decides her film career needs her attention not finding a husband Jessie seeks warmth in an affair that further deteriorates her marriage Erica and Paul break up as both need breathing room.-------------------------- This is a terrific family drama as Joanna Goodman manages to keep the five Zarrs and their lovers and offspring unique and totally different from one another. Each of the three siblings and their parents face a personal crisis filled with doubts as to the best course of action. YOU MADE ME LOVE YOU is a strong character study that rotates first person perspective so that the audience gets deep inside of the cast to understand what motivates them. Ms. Goodman has provided a fascinating contemporary tale.----------------- Harriet Klausner