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Teasley, Lisa, 1962-
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First U.S. edition.
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New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed by Holtzbrinck Publishers, [2004]

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281 pages ; 22 cm
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Lisa Teasley's seductive debut novel is at once a thriller, a love story, and a meditation on what makes each one of us unique.

Ray Rose is a charming construction worker in Florida, plagued with guilt about a violent crime he committed a year earlier. Ruby Falls is a beautiful animator whose freewheeling L.A. lifestyle is suddenly derailed when she stumbles upon a bloody crime scene at the Laurel Canyon guest house where she lives.

Fleeing their respective home lives in search of reinvention, the two adventurers head for Alaska, where their paths eventually cross. The fireworks are immediate. But as Ray and Ruby, surrounded by their remarkable friends, try to settle down into something more domestic, a sudden accident changes all their expectations for the future.

With luminously original prose and a fast-paced, eminently readable sense of story, Lisa Teasley brings alive a diverse and vital cast of characters, who find the promise of redemption through their interconnected lives.

Author Notes

Lisa Teasley is a native of Los Angeles, where she currently lives and works as a writer and fine artist. Her debut collection of stories, Glow in the Dark , won the 2002 Gold Pen Award and the Pacificus Foundation Award.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

This interesting but uneven debut novel from the author of the story collection Glow in the Dark limns the passionate romance between thrice married and divorced Floridian Ray and artsy, cinnamon-skinned Californian Ruby, whose paths cross fortuitously in Alaska, where each has gone to escape considerable troubles. Well-liked and attractive handyman Ray has killed someone-"a murder of principle"-and has also inherited the estate of a man who picked him randomly out of the phone book; this eases Ray's financial life but brings other complications. Kids television animator Ruby lived on the estate of best friend/former porn star Jeannie and had the misfortune of discovering the corpses of Jeannie's beloved dogs (shot) and their dog walker, Chauncey (raped and murdered). Alaska, Ray and hot sex save Ruby from misery, but an untimely dive from a Florida pier leaves her in a coma. Here, the tension diminishes, as Ruby's family arrives to bicker about the situation while Ray anxiously waits by her side. Teasley never delivers on the potential drama of Ray's crime being discovered (turns out he killed this "mythically evil scum" who raped his best friend), though she drops a few tantalizing tidbits along the way. The ending is a bit too pat, with the arrival of Ray and Ruby's baby into a cocoon of their parents' growing personal fulfillment, but the characters are well crafted, especially Alaska friend Abbie, and the novel is a generally entertaining diversion that sustains its own mystery. West Coast author tour. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved