In this moving, wry, and candid novel, widely acclaimed novelist Ayelet Waldman takes us through one woman's passage through love, loss, and the strange absurdities of modern life.Emilia Greenleaf believed that she had found her soulmate, the man she was meant to spend her life with. But life seems a lot less rosy when Emilia has to deal with the most neurotic and sheltered five-year-old in New York City: her new stepson William. Now Emilia finds herself trying to flag down taxis with a giant, industrial-strength car seat, looking for perfect, strawberry-flavored, lactose-free cupcakes, receiving corrections on her French pronunciation from her supercilious stepson - and attempting to find balance in a new family that's both larger, and smaller, than she bargained for. In Love and Other Impossible Pursuits Ayelet Waldman has created a novel rich with humor and truth, perfectly characterizing one woman's search for answers in a crazily uncertain world.
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"This is one of those trendy books that pretends to both make fun of and sympathize with the wealthy urban class. What makes matters even more complicated is that the main character is not really likable. In any case, narrator Susan Denaker has a comfortable, pleasant, rich voice that, together with some subtle characterizations, keeps the story moving even under its own weight. Denaker has quite a range of emotions, as well as the ability to glide effortlessly from male to female and from child to adult without losing focus. She reads a bit too quickly at the beginning but settles down nicely as she progresses through the book. R.I.G. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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