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The Resource George & Lizzie : a novel, Nancy Pearl

George & Lizzie : a novel, Nancy Pearl

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George & Lizzie : a novel
Title
George & Lizzie
Title remainder
a novel
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Nancy Pearl
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George and Lizzie
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eng
Summary
"George and Lizzie have radically different understandings of what love and marriage should be. George grew up in a warm and loving family -- his father an orthodontist, his mother a stay-at-home mom -- while Lizzie grew up as the only child of two famous psychologists, who viewed her more as an in-house experiment than a child to love. Over the course of their marriage, nothing has changed -- George is happy; Lizzie remains ... unfulfilled. When a shameful secret from Lizzie's past resurfaces, she'll need to face her fears in order to accept the true nature of the relationship she and George have built over a decade together. With pitch-perfect prose and compassion and humour to spare, George and Lizzie is an intimate story of new and past loves, the scars of childhood, and an imperfect marriage at its defining moments"--
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LibraryReads Favorites, 2017
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Prominent librarian and dynamic book advocate Pearl has channeled her love for smart, witty, and compassionate fiction into her first novel, an astute, nimble, funny, and affecting love story. In classic rom-com style, Pearl’s titular protagonists collide at an Ann Arbor, Michigan, bowling alley, where stoned and brokenhearted college student Lizzie manages to irredeemably sabotage dental-school freshman George’s dream date and near-perfect game. The novel spins back to reveal this fated couple’s diametrically different childhoods. While future dentist and renowned motivational speaker George grows up happy and confident in Tulsa, Lizzie is treated as a veritable lab rat by her famous behavioral-psychologist parents. Angry, defiant, and more trusting of books than people (her anchoring passion for reading allows Pearl to lace this scintillating tale with enticing book and writer call-outs), Lizzie embarks on what she calls the “Great Game” during her senior year in high school, a risky, ultimately traumatizing sexual marathon involving 23 members of the football team. Nonetheless, sunny, persevering George marries wounded, brooding, often infuriating Lizzie. Through knotty predicaments both sorrowful and hilarious, Pearl dramatizes a complicated and deeply illuminating union of opposites and conducts profound inquiries into the self, family, empathy, and love. The result is a charming, edgy, and many-faceted novel of penetrating humor and resonant insight. -- Seaman, Donna (Reviewed 6/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 19, p50)
  • The daughter of two renowned narcissistic psychologists, Lizzie's problem has always been overthinking everything. George, raised in a very adoring family, comes into Lizzie's life with one goal – to love her completely and forever. Can she relinquish the past to move toward the happiness that could be hers in the future? Relationships, good and bad, past and present, all come together to make a truly wonderful tale of the reality of the struggles of everyday life. Very well-written. -- Debbie Wittkop, Southwest Public Libraries, Columbus, OH. (LibraryReads, September 2017)
  • Librarian and NPR commentator Pearl has made a living recommending great books; in this debut novel about love, regret, and forgiveness she tries her hand at fiction with mixed results. Her heroine is Lizzie, the only child of two famous but emotionally distant psychologists who use Lizzie to test their theories. Against the backdrop of this loveless childhood, Lizzie embarks on the “Great Game” of sleeping with every starter on the high school football team, but her attention-seeking efforts fail to generate anything more than negative voices in her head and a deep-seated self-hatred. When later her lust-filled relationship with college classmate Jack falls apart, Lizzie worries the Great Game is to blame. In steps George, a dental student with a “marshmallow” heart who wants nothing more than to make Lizzie happy. But even after Lizzie and George say “I do,” Lizzie finds herself pining for Jack. Pearl doesn’t give readers enough time to witness the deepening of George and Lizzie’s relationship for it to be convincing, and at times the characters seem out of step with the realities of 1990s-era early adulthood. Still, the path George and Lizzie’s relationship takes toward wholeness points to truths about the way people self-sabotage, the complexity of love, and the importance of being able to let go of the past. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed 07/24/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 30, p)
  • Lizzie grew up with a mother and father who were academics and had little interest in parenting their daughter. Perhaps as a result of a lack of adult guidance and influence, she engaged in self-destructive behavior as a high school senior, which she later regretted. George grew up with attentive parents and was part of a loving family in which he enthusiastically participated. When George and Lizzie meet as students at the University of Michigan, George falls for Lizzie, and Lizzie—who can't stop pining for her ex-boyfriend—halfheartedly goes along with the relationship. In the pre-Internet era, in which the novel is set, Lizzie spends an inordinate amount of time searching for her lost love in phone books wherever she could find them. This behavior essentially keeps her from being fully present with George as their relationship grows increasingly serious, and it becomes more possible that he will discover her obsession. VERDICT With eccentric characters, relationship drama, and a vivid sense of place, this Anne Tyler-esque debut novel is sure to interest and please Pearl's many fans. [See Prepub Alert, 3/27/17.]—Karen Core, Detroit P.L. --Karen Core (Reviewed 07/01/2017) (Library Journal, vol 142, issue 12, p72)
  • He's a celebrity dentist and a prince of a guy; she's a damaged, brilliant young woman obsessed with someone she dated in college. Can their marriage be saved?Lizzie Bultmann, the protagonist of celebrity librarian Pearl's (Book Lust To Go, 2010, etc.) debut novel, is the daughter of a pair of famous behavioral psychologists at the University of Michigan who raised her not as a loved one but as an experimental subject. Partly because she wants them to "wake…up enough to finally see her" for the extremely unhappy person she is, and also because she somehow thinks it will be fun, she embarks on what she calls The Great Game, in which she has sex with all 23 starters of her high school football team, one per week. Originally, she and her best friend were going to each take half, but the other girl was just joking around. Lizzie grimly executes her plan, resulting in a permanent "post-game show" in her head in which voices berate her for "what a terrible person she'd been and always would be." The next time Lizzie has sex it is with Jack, a boy she falls madly in love with at college; they bond over their mutual admiration for the poetry of A.E. Housman. (Lots of fun literary references in this book, including a shoutout to Julie Hecht.) Two months later, Jack finds out about The Great Game thanks to an article her evil parents have published in Psychology Today. He disappears forthwith. Though Lizzie begins dating and ultimately marries a boy named George Goldrosen, she never stops thinking about Jack and never loves George. George knows she is profoundly depressed and doesn't really love him, though he doesn't know about either Jack or The Great Game—in any case, he's so smitten he just doesn't care. As he's busy becoming a famous dentist, Lizzie spends her days in the library, looking through phone books trying to find Jack. This doesn't seem very believable, but neither does the football team thing or the mad scientist parents or even the marriage. There's a fairy-tale quality to the narrative voice and extreme premises of this book that some will find endearing.(Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2017)
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10571438
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Pearl, Nancy
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
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  • Secrecy
  • Spouses
  • Families
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Man-woman relationships
  • Marriage
  • Married people
Target audience
adult
Label
George & Lizzie : a novel, Nancy Pearl
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Publication
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
000059777853
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First Touchstone hardcover edition.
Extent
278 pages
Isbn
9781501162893
Lccn
2017008413
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)979994382
Label
George & Lizzie : a novel, Nancy Pearl
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000059777853
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First Touchstone hardcover edition.
Extent
278 pages
Isbn
9781501162893
Lccn
2017008413
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)979994382

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