Looking for A Love Story

Looking for A Love Story

A Novel

Book - 2010
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Random House, Inc.
In Louise Shaffer’s delightfully charming new novel, a hopeless romantic (and author adrift) searches for a happy ending—and decides to write her own love story.
 
After the success of her first novel, Love, Max—an irresistibly funny look at divorce as seen through a dog’s eyes—Francesca’s fictional saga becomes real when her sexy photographer husband bails on her. The good news is that Francesca gets custody of their apartment and their dog—an adoring scamp who has mastered the art of unconditional love. Still, a girl and her dog have to eat, so a desperate search for income leads Francesca to Chicky, a spunky, red-haired octogenarian who wants Francesca to write the memoirs of her parents, Joe and Ellie, who toured the vaudeville circuit in the early 1920s.

Francesca is reluctant to take the job, but Chicky’s tales soon lure her into a showbiz era as irresistible and unlikely as the love story that unfolds. As she re-creates Joe and Ellie’s story, Francesca reflects, with hilarious honesty, on her own childhood and marriage—and discovers how to put the pieces of her life back together in a way that redefines herself and the true meaning of family and love.
 

Baker & Taylor
Francesca has lost her way, but just might be able to discover who she is meant to be with the help of a very special dog--and a love story from the past. By the author of Serendipity. Original.

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& Taylor

Recently divorced, Francesca agrees to write a memoir on an elderly woman's parents who worked in vaudeville, and while researching the couple, Francesca starts to reexamine her own family and love life.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks, c2010
ISBN: 9780345502100
Branch Call Number: FIC SHA
Characteristics: 310 p. ;,21 cm.

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KaliJen
Nov 09, 2013

I kept hanging in reading this, thinking it was going to "take off" and go somewhere besides backwards dips into to the characters' pasts, but I gave up halfway through. There were some really pithy, funny observations here and there about the protagonist's life experiences, and I found these quite enjoyable. But the story itself, I found mainly boring and rather depressing.

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