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Immediate family, Eileen Goudge

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Immediate family
Title
Immediate family
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Eileen Goudge
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eng
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Review
  • The old adage «you can choose your friends, but you can't choose your family» takes on a cunning new connotation in Goudge's zesty tale of four college pals catching up on life at their fifteenth Princeton reunion. Emerson is falling in love with exactly the kind of man her pretentious mother disdains, and Los Angeles TV reporter Stevie finally tracks down her biological father only to land in the middle of one of Hollywood's greatest scandals. Though always the best of friends, Jay and Franny never pursued a romantic relationship for fear of ruining their friendship. Now Jay is married to Franny's former roommate, Vivienne. When she hears Franny's biological clock ticking, Vivienne surprises everyone by suggesting Jay act as Franny's sperm donor. Once again, Goudge excels at exploring the unconventional ways in which the bonds of family and friends are pulled, twisted, and tested, and her trademark creation of genial, winsome protagonists makes the process delectably entertaining. -- Carol Haggas (Reviewed 04-01-2006) (Booklist, vol 102, number 15, p18)
  • Fifteen years after graduation, four close college friends are dealing with family and romantic relationship issues. Entertainment news reporter Stevie is afraid to commit to Ryan, a documentary filmmaker who's crazy about her but is rapidly losing patience (her life only becomes more complicated when her hippie mother reveals that her father is a Seventies rock star believed to have been involved in an act of violence years earlier). Emerson is a publicist and divorced mom who falls for someone “unacceptable” in her dying—and still meddling—mother's social circle. Literary agent Franny has the proverbial ticking biological clock. And advertising executive Jay is married to the gorgeous and pregnant Vivienne, whose unorthodox suggestion will change her, Jay's, and Franny's lives forever. Goudge's (Otherwise Engaged ) novel starts out with a bang and remains compelling thanks to the four interesting main characters and a few genuine surprises, but other developments are not so surprising. Recommended for public libraries.—Samantha J. Gust, Niagara Univ. Lib., NY --Samantha J. Gust (Reviewed May 15, 2006) (Library Journal, vol 131, issue 9, p88)
  • Four college chums struggle with adulthood and relationships long after graduation in this feel-good novel from Goudge (Otherwise Engaged, 2005).Inseparable at Princeton, Stevie, Franny, Emerson and Jay managed to remain close while taking divergent paths. At the time of their 15-year reunion, Stevie is a commitment-phobic Los Angeles TV reporter who suddenly finds out that her father, whom she never met, is burnt-out '70s rock star Grant Tobin. In Manhattan, single mom Emerson is a stressed publicist looking after her ill mother, a snobbish crone who raised her with patrician airs despite their being penniless. Earthy literary agent Franny yearns for a family but wonders if she will ever meet the right man. Her closest consort, Midwestern transplant Jay, is married to the alluring but self-absorbed Vivienne, who is expecting their first child. Everyone's lives are complicated when Jay, with Vivienne's encouragement, agrees to donate his sperm to Franny. It works, and pregnant Franny finds herself doubly blessed when she meets Keith, who falls for her despite her condition. Yet, surprising no one but themselves, she and Jay discover long-dormant feelings for each other, setting the stage for a life-altering decision. Meanwhile, love also blooms for Emerson, who embarks on a secret affair with her mother's night nurse, Reggie. Their romance hits a snag when Reggie's visa is revoked and he faces deportation to his native Nigeria. Emerson is forced to choose between duty and her heart. For Stevie, getting to know her reclusive dad gives her a chance to sort out some personal issues, as well as use her investigative skills to uncover the truth about a violent episode from Grant's troubled past. The book has a likable (if a little dull) cast and few surprises; the big finish—a wedding (or three)—is a foregone conclusion. (Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2006)
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Goudge, Eileen
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fiction
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Friendship
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Immediate family, Eileen Goudge
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Publication
Control code
276999
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 337 p.
Isbn
9780743483193
Lccn
2006043188
Label
Immediate family, Eileen Goudge
Publication
Control code
276999
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 337 p.
Isbn
9780743483193
Lccn
2006043188

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