Reconsidering happiness : a novel

by Flick, Sherrie.

Format: Print Book 2009
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The two silent Ss of Des Moines beckon twenty-three-year-old Vivette with a sexy finger, a promise. So, in the mid-1990s, she convinces Grandpa Joe-Joe to sell his Buick for twenty dollars, leaves behind her friends, her job at a hip New England bakery, and an affair with a married man, and moves to Iowa. Margaret, who left the same bakery years earlier on her own restless quest, offers pointers from her cautiously settled Nebraska life. nbsp; In a story of lust and longing, love and loneliness, disappointment and desire stretching from the East Coast to the West, these two pioneering women navigate through secrets, lies, decisions, and compromises shared over pool tables, postcards, and shots of whiskey. Starting up, starting over, slowing down, they crisscross each other's lives like highways on a map, always escaping, flying toward a dreamt future, and trying to avoid the charted course.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In the mid-1990s, Vivette, 23, barters for her grandfather's old Buick and impulsively leaves her job at a lively New England bakery to move to Des Moines with the hope of a new beginning. Before arriving in Iowa she travels the extra miles to Nebraska in order to visit an former coworker, Margaret, now living on a farm with her husband. Vivette comes to Margaret for advice on starting over but soon learns that Margaret harbors her own elusive reasons for leaving the East Coast. Holed up in Margaret's farmhouse, the two have no choice but to confront their respective histories and regrets. As Vivette struggles to come to terms with her situation back in New England, centered on her affair with a married friend, Margaret herself is forced to acknowledge her complicated web of transgressions, desires, and inherent loneliness. Alternating between time and perspectives, and spanning the two coasts, this introspective, conversational, travelogue-like novel captures the pensive force driving the two women's personal journeys, and how the women are illuminated by sparks of reconciliation along the way.--Strauss, Leah Copyright 2009 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "To break off an affair with a married man, 23-year-old Vivette takes her grandfather's Buick and drives away from her home in Portsmouth, N.H., heading for Des Moines, Iowa, for no other reason than the attraction of its two silent "s"s. On the way she spends a week in Nebraska with Margaret, who Vivette met when they both worked at the Penhallow Bakery in Portsmouth. Margaret, who also fled heartbreak, is married now and settled down, and Vivette seeks "pointers" on life in the Great Plains. From chapter to chapter, the story shifts between Vivette and Margaret and between the past and present, gradually revealing the details of their involvement with the untrustworthy men they left behind. In her descriptions of food, the Nebraskan landscape, and the rhythms of work at a tourist town bakery, Flick indulges in sensual detail with pleasurable results. But the novel lacks drama; Vivette and Margaret have little to do but ruminate on happiness and their past waywardness. Later chapters revealing the current circumstances of their former lovers adds little insight. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Flyover fiction.
Book 11 written by Frances Washburn
#1 - Ordinary genius
#2 - The Usual mistakes
#3 - The Floor of the sky
#4 - The Mover of bones
#5 - Tin God
#6 - Because a fire was in my head
#7 - Jackalope dreams
#8 - The Plain sense of things
#9 - Reconsidering happiness
#10 - Stolen horses
#11 - The Sacred white turkey
#12 - Lamb bright saviors
#13 - Another burning kingdom
#14 - Bohemian girl
Subjects Relationships -- Fiction.
United States -- Fction.
Publisher Lincoln :University of Nebraska Press,2009
Language English
Description 208 pages ; 22 cm.
ISBN 9780803225213 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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