From the “wonderfully quirky imagination” of the New York Times –bestselling author: A tabloid reporter is surprised to find magic in a mundane world ( The New York Times ). Vera Pearl is a staff writer for This Week , a supermarket tabloid which trades in the bizarre and the absurd—though rarely, if ever, the true. No one is better than Vera at imagining these weird, wild stories, because more than anything, she wants them to be real. During one particularly slow week, Vera takes a photograph snapped by a colleague showing two children selling lemonade outside their Brooklyn home and drafts up a scoop to fit the snap, the story of two enterprising children who have discovered—and are profiting off of—the literal Fountain of Youth. By astonishing coincidence—or perhaps by magic—the details she concocts about the children (except for the properties of the tap water) turn out to be true, and hundreds of miracle-seekers descend upon this modern Lourdes-in-Flatbush. The resulting lawsuit sends this master of hoaxes into a very real tailspin: she is fired, her estranged husband flies in from Los Angeles to whisk away their precocious young daughter, and Vera takes off for Arizona to attend a meeting of the Cryptobiological Society, hoping for evidence of their furry quarry, Bigfoot. Just one glance, and Vera’s longing to finally transcend the quotidian may come true . . .
|Publisher:||Open Road Integrated Media LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Francine Prose is the author of sixteen novels, including A Changed Man , winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and Blue Angel , a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent works of nonfiction include the highly acclaimed Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife , and the New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer. A former president of PEN American Center and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Prose is a highly regarded critic and essayist, and has taught literature and writing for more than twenty years at major universities. She is a distinguished writer in residence at Bard College, and she lives in New York City.
Hometown:New York, New York
Date of Birth:April 1, 1947
Place of Birth:Brooklyn, New York
Education:B.A., Radcliffe College, 1968
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Vera makes up feature stories for a tabloid about Bigfoot stealing cigarettes and discovering the fountain of youth in a suburban lemonade stand. But when she gets fired, she must deal with the unresolved problems of her own life ¿ her relationships with a possibly ex-husband, her daughter, her parents and her oldest friend. This leads her on a quest for her own personal Bigfoot and her own personal happiness.
Possibly one of the worse books I have ever had the displeasure to read.