Leigh Stein's The Fallback Plan tells the story of Esther Kohler's post graduation summer at home. She has no plans and is hoping for an illness to help pass the time (nothing disfiguring, please). Esther takes a job as a babysitter for the daughter of a couple who recently lost an infant, pursues a crush who is less than a worthy catch, and writes (in her head at least) a screenplay about a Jewish panda traveling to a Narnia-esque land. It takes all of these experiences, chronicled by Stein with real wit and warmth, that help propel Esther, albeit grudgingly, into adulthood.
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ISBN: 9781612190426
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Published: Melville House - January 3rd, 2012

"The years that are gone seem like dreams—if one might go on sleeping and dreaming—but to wake up and find—oh! well! perhaps it is better to wake up after all, even to suffer, rather than remain a dupe to illusions all one’s life." These words were spoken by Edna Pontellier in Kate Chopin's bold novella THE AWAKENING , realizing for the first time her own power and passions. First published in 1899, The Awakening caused a national scandal. Edna's decision to follow her heart and leave her family in search of personal freedom, was shocking to a public unaccustomed to such a sympathetic view of a sexually aware woman. As I read The Awakening (in today's lovely Melville House Edition, one of 37 titles in the fabulous Art of the Novella series), I was struck by Chopin’s gift for language and her rendering of Pontellier's world: a sun-baked Creole island and steamy, sensual New Orleans. Chopin's penetrating insight into Edna's mind lifts this story to its well deserved status as a classic. Exploring the themes of marriage, motherhood, and a woman's independence with candor and beauty, The Awakening is a must read.
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ISBN: 9781935554127
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Published: Melville House - August 31st, 2010

The Fates Will Find Their Way is among the best fiction débuts I’ve read. In fact, I became so totally engrossed that I finished it in one afternoon. While the plot seems straightforward—a young girl, Nora, disappears on Halloween night leaving her community to struggle and eventually move on—The Fates Will Find Their Way is a complex and moving meditation on youth and the stories we tell ourselves as we grow up. The events are recounted in the first person plural by the neighborhood boys who grapple with Nora's disappearance and for whom she remains a connecting thread as they age, have children and go on with their lives. The Fates Will Find Their Way is not to be missed.
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ISBN: 9780061996054
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Ecco - January 25th, 2011