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The big love
Dunn, Sarah.
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Minneapolis, Minn. : HighBridge, [2004]

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5 audio discs (5 3/4 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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Audiobook on CD


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Alison has it all. She has an oh-so trendy job as a newspaper columnist writing about the single life. Her live-in boyfriend, Tom, is terrific. They have lots of good friends who come over for dinner parties. At one of these parties, Alison sends Tom out for some mustard and he never comes back. Not only is Alison appalled that he dumped her while they had company, but she is amazed that he thought so little of their relationship. When bad luck hits, it hits hard. Soon, Alison is unemployed. Her ex-boss and ex-fling Henry is dating her archenemy--the witless daily columnist of the other local paper. Then Tom returns, with the mustard. Seriously bad timing on Tom's part. Hilarious and heartbreaking, combining the emotional incisiveness of Jane Austen with the up-to-the-minute frankness of "Sex and the City," "The Big Love" will be the pass-along must-read novel for years to come.

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When Alison Hopkins's live-in boyfriend, Tom, leaves mid-dinner party to buy mustard and then calls to say he's never coming back, she doesn't know who to blame: Tom, for falling back in love with his old girlfriend Kate Pearce; Kate, for clouding his mind with her seductive charms; or herself, for being a lapsed Evangelist Christian living, as her mother would say, "in sin." So Alison decides to distribute the blame, reserving a large portion for herself. It's hard not to sympathize with Alison as she struggles to salvage her life and her column-writing career, but Foss's exaggerated narration doesn't do this funny, insightful and mildly neurotic protagonist justice. Foss's robust voice cycles from nearly inaudible to ear-ringingly loud. Although she sometimes uses different inflections to convey Alison's emotions, she more often uses volume, which will frustrate listeners who don't want to keep their fingers trained on the volume control. Foss also struggles with her male impersonations; curiously, all her male characters come off sounding like they have head colds. Although Dunn's tale possesses both wit and charm, this audio adaptation would have benefited from a subtler treatment. Simultaneous release with the Little, Brown hardcover (Forecasts, May 10). (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved



Alison Hopkins is firmly, undoubtedly, and undeniably in love. She and Tom are happy together--until the evening he goes out in the middle of a dinner party to buy some mustard and doesn't come back. She had always feared that Tom's looks would land her in trouble--having a handsome boyfriend is like owning a white couch, an invitation to disaster.But if Tom isn't Alison's Big Love, who is?Alison decides to treat her newfound freedom as a gift----a shimmering portal to a whole new life, a whole new her. Applying her restless intelligence to all the questions of the heart in the modern age--Is love, in fact, enough? Does an undefined-yet-presumably-meaningless amorous encounter always turn out to be a mistake? What on earth do you tell your mother?Alison plumbs the depths and takes sight of the heights that love can lead to. Excerpted from The Big Love by Sarah Dunn All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.