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When I fall in love
Dart, Iris Rainer.
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[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Rockland, MA : Wheeler Pub., [1999]

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290 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
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From the author of Beaches. Successful L.A. television writer Lily Benjamin has a hectic life. She's juggling a career, a teenage son, a deadbeat ex-husband, and a serious relationship. And if that weren't enough, her new boss, Charlie, is insensitive and obnoxious. But when Lily's son Bryan is shot and paralyzed, Charlie's gruff exterior reveals a sensitive, kind spirit of a man who understands the pain of disability as no one else can. As Charlie helps Bryan to rebuild his life, Lily comes to realize that she wants to rebuild her own life as well.

Author Notes

Iris Rainer Dart's early writings included a collaboration on a script for the 60's television show That Girl. Her first novel, The Boys in the Mail Room (1980), was loosely based on the life of her first husband, concert promoter Steve Wolf. Her best known work, Beaches (1985), was the story of a life-long friendship between two women of vastly different backgrounds. In 1988 it was made into a successful film and inspired Dart to write a sequel, I'll Be There (1991).

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Laughter is the best medicine, Dart (Beaches) wants us to believe, and she makes her case in a risky, wrenching story with a curious flaw. Though the novel offers endless punning and stand-up material, it's rarely funny, and even with the comic spotlight on the so-unlikely-it's-inevitable romance between two Emmy-level TV comedy writers, Lily Benjamin and Charlie Roth, neither their initial antagonism nor eventual alliance makes for laughs. And given the plot, readers do need those healing peals. In the opening pages, single mother Lily's teenage son, Bryan, is shot; yesterday a promising tennis star, he now faces life as a paraplegic. Lily's fianc‚, Mark Freeman, a handsome, kind, terminally unimaginative cardiologist (he gives her heart-shape presents and uses song lyrics to speak his own heart), wants Bryan and Lily to feel the tragedy, mourn their loss, adjust hopes downward. But then there is Charlie, known in the TV industry as the God of Jokes. Crippled in infancy, he was encouraged by his parents to use a no-holds-barred humor as his weapon against prejudice and self-doubt. Charlie preaches a medicine of ruthless humor, toughness and, above all else, gratitudeÄfor the cripple, in his view, is freed from the illusion of physical perfection and lives truer to his soul. This main theme is echoed in the subplot, in which Lily's chubby lesbian sister confronts the siblings' judgmental, snobby mother. Other minor characters, like the ensemble of sitcom-writing co-workers, are burdened with a nearly unbearable comic banter attempting an outr‚ irreverence. Though her formula is decidedly Hollywood, Dart's message, that people aren't what they look like, is sincere; her book takes serious and heartfelt looks at the bigotries of able-bodied folk and the realities of the disabled. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Dart's (e.g., Beaches) latest is a winner, a captivating and somewhat unexpected love story set in the confusing and heart-wrenching world of physical disabilities. Lily Benjamin is a successful television comedy writer. Her new boss, Charlie, is insensitive and obnoxious. He is also disabled. When Lily's athletic teenage son, Bryan, is shot and paralyzed, both Lily and Bryan doubt that they can face the horrifying challenges awaiting them. Charlie, with his outrageous humor and wry outlook, seems to be the only soul able to reach the despondent boy. His growing rapport with Bryan causes Lily to take a second look at the man she once callously dismissed as a crude and unfeeling cripple. Infused with complex characters and situations, this romance won't fail to touch even the most jaded reader. Definitely recommended for almost any public library. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/98.]‘Margaret Ann Hanes, Sterling Heights P.L., MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.