An inventive, darkly funny novel about love, marriage, stalkers, and the indignities of parenthood In quaint Haddonfield, New Jersey, Tess is about to get hitched in her childhood home. Her mother, Helen, is panicked about the guest list warring exes, racial tensions, and way too many psychiatrists. But the most challenging guest turns out to be uninvited: a woman in a wedding dress, wearing a gas mask and toting a sawed-off shotgun, with a bomb trigger strapped to her arm. So begins one of the strangest, most uproarious hostage situations ever to grace the printed page. As panic sets in, the guests demand, Who is this nutcase? What does she want? While the warm, wise Helen tries to unravel the mystery of their captor's identity, the hostages share their own stories of passion and heartbreak until the SWAT team arrives. InLove Bomb, Lisa Zeidner delivers an explosive send-up of contemporary dating and mating, part Tom Perrotta and part Lorrie Moore.
Zeidner's newest (after Layover) is a quirky and surreal tale of love gone very wrong. Helen Burns is hosting her daughter Tess's wedding at Helen's quiet, unremarkable home in suburban New Jersey. But the festivities are cut short when an armed woman-wedding gowned, clown socked, and gas masked-takes the group hostage. But what she's after, no one knows. Tess and Gabriel, both altruistic folks who met while working for Doctors Without Borders, are unlikely targets, but a few guests suspect their African friends of playing a part. Or maybe the woman's a crazed fan after Gabriel's sister's famous boyfriend. One by one, guests wrack their brains for possible offenses and confess their sins to their captor. But only Helen, a psychotherapist, makes progress, and as the SWAT team prepares to storm the house, she might be the only one who can get the masked woman to disclose her secrets and release the guests. Zeidner packs in too many characters in this zany Bel Canto, and the hostage-taker's big reveal isn't earth-shattering, but the author's gallows humor ably carries the story. Agent: Ellen Levine, Trident Media Group. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Sarah Crichton Books
September 04, 2012
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