The Perfect Elizabeth
This modern-day Sense and Sensibility is a witty and hilarious story about two sisters: Liza, a would be poet who spends miserable days as a legal secretary; and Bette, a graduate student writing her dissertation on Toast in the English Novel. Bette has taken to eating only that which the characters she is writing about would eat: nice cups of tea, boiled egg on toast, mincemeat...Liza's a bit concerned. She's also worried about the status of her relationship with her actor boyfriend Gregor. They're not living together, and that's a problem. Then there's the issue of Liza's career, or the lack thereof. Can dog-walking be considered a vocation? Liza's beginning to think so. Mercifully, Bette is merely a local phone call away. Throughout this sassy novel, the sisters deal with unemployment, infidelity, interfering parents, Hollywood, lemmings, a pregnancy, and a wedding. The Perfect Elizabeth is as indulgent and cathartic as a pint of Haagen-Dazs.
The Essential Charlotte
Charlotte thought she was fine. After a childhood spent traveling around the world with her eccentric artist mother, she is content to have a quiet life, make herbal remedies, and play video games.
Praise for The Essential Charlotte
A certain authenticity of voice, a quality that sets it apart from many novels written for a popular audience-Boston Globe
Lively and quick witted, this story of friendship and the vicissitudes of parental love presents to the reader a tale of unexpected and original turns, all intelligently rendered-Elizabeth Strout, author of Amy and Isabelle
The Essential Charlotte delves a bit deeper into interpersonal relationships than most chick lit books do. Charlotte's life changes radically, and through that process she learns who "The Essential Charlotte" really is - and she forges a cautious relationship with her father along the way. While The Essential Charlotte is an entertaining read and it will appeal to most fans of women's fiction and chick lit - Curled up with a Good Book