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Titre : West of Venus
Éditeur : Random House
Date d'édition : 1997
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat du livre : Fine
Etat de la jaquette : Fine
Signé : Signed by Author
Edition : 1st Edition.
First Edition (first printing). A Review Copy (with the review slip laid in) of the second book by the author of MOURNING DOVES, the story of a Kansas woman who becomes interested in a state trooper who lives in a trailer on the outskirts of town. Fine/Fine. Signed by Troy on the title page. N° de réf. du libraire 4448
Synopsis : A funny and poignant love story, woven into the fabric of life in a small Kansas town, about a waitress and a state trooper who have to find themselves before they can find each other. Filled with convincing characters and details of small-town life, this novel has the charm and humor of Fannie Flagg's Fried Green Tomatoes.
Critique: In the eponymous town of Venus, everybody's minds seem to be on love. Marvelle Holman adores her German Shepherd, Hoyt; teacher Crystal Turner is in love with a 16-year-old boy, and Holly Parker, the protagonist of Judy Troy's sparkling first novel, West of Venus, is determined to divorce sex from affection once and for all. Venus, Kansas, is a small town, the kind of place where everyone is connected to each other: Marvelle, Holly, and the twice-divorced Sue-Ellis Howard waitress together at the same restaurant, The Hearth; Crystal's teenaged lover happens to be Holly's son. Sooner or later, every character--from the town undertaker to the cop to the veterinarian--passes through The Hearth, each with his or her own set of love-related problems.
Judy Troy has a flair for comedy and an ear for dialogue. Repartee flies thick and furious at The Hearth, and Marvelle in particular is a master of insults and the quick put-down. Car crashes, heart attacks, and even funerals have their darkly humorous side. And in Holly, Troy has crafted a truly memorable heroine, confused, wounded and--like everyone else in Venus--afraid of love but willing to fight another day. West of Venus marks the promising debut of a fine literary voice.
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