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The Resource Days of awe : a novel, Lauren Fox

Days of awe : a novel, Lauren Fox

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Days of awe : a novel
Title
Days of awe
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a novel
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Lauren Fox
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eng
Summary
"The story of a woman who, in the wake of her best friend's sudden death, must face the crisis in her marriage, the fury of her almost-teenage daughter, and the possibility of opening her cantankerous heart to someone new"--Dust jacket flap
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  • Fortyish middle-school teacher Isabel’s world crumbles in the year following the sudden death of her best friend, Josie. Her mother, Helene, has had a stroke; her husband, Chris, moves out of the house; her daughter, Hannah, turns into a sullen, moody adolescent. While giving herself up to grief over Josie, Isabel reflects on earlier losses as well; she has had several miscarriages, and part of Helene’s family perished in the Holocaust. But despite the weight of sadness, Isabel is a clever, self-deprecating narrator, and humor lights up her descriptions of, for example, three younger teachers, “in their slim trousers and their confident low heels,” whom she and Josie dubbed “the Andes” because of similarities in their names, and a support group, Relationships in Transition, that Helene convinces her to join. As Isabel learns to move on, she also learns to accept some truths about her friend—Josie’s adventurous spirit skirted dangerously close to recklessness at times. Fox is also author of the well-received Friends like Us (2012). -- Quinn, Mary Ellen (Reviewed 06-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 19, p38)
  • Following the success of her first two novels (Still Life with Husband and Friends Like Us ), Fox lays out a tale about a woman’s attempt to piece her life together following the death of her best friend. When Josie dies unexpectedly in a car accident, her closest friend, Isabel, is left with nagging guilt, a broken marriage, a strained relationship with her preteen daughter, and the challenge of grieving and moving forward. Through painful months of doubt, anguish, and depression, Isabel reconciles herself to the truth that her actions bear no responsibility for the fatal outcome. This realization, however mollifying, comes just as Chris, her husband, moves out of their house in the Midwest into his own apartment. And to add to her misery, Isabel discovers him on a date with their marriage counselor shortly after their daughter begs to move in with him full-time. It’s not until Josie’s mother drags her to a support group for recent divorcées that she begins to see the possibility of love after so much loss. Filled with insecurities and anxieties, Isabel’s nuanced character is relatable—her struggles are universal and the reader will root for her to succeed. Raw and darkly humorous at times, Fox’s novel is a winner. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed June 15, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 24, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ When a middle school teacher's best friend dies in a one-car accident, her world begins to fall apart. Isabel Applebaum Moore and Josie Abrams have been inseparable since Izzy's first day at Rhodes Avenue Middle School, keeping each other sane through the principal's inane speeches and the younger teachers' aggressive perkiness—not to mention the students' hormonal moods. Josie even married Mark, Izzy's friend since kindergarten, where they were seated next to each other, "two little alphabetized Jews, dark haired and slightly lost in a forest of Midwestern consonant clusters, all those strapping, blond Schultzes and Metzgers and Hrubys and Przybylskis—strapping even in kindergarten, if memory serves." What happens following Josie's death isn't all that unusual: Isabel starts spending most of her time in her ratty old sweatpants, "which Josie used to call a blend of cotton and self-loathing"; her overwhelming sadness deals the fatal blow to her already rocky marriage to the good-hearted Chris; her 11-year-old daughter, Hannah, who also loved Josie, struggles with her changing family; her mother, Helene, a Holocaust survivor, coaxes her into attending a support group for "relationships in transition," where she tentatively bonds with a good-looking older man named Cal by cracking jokes—just the way she bonded with Josie at their first staff meeting at Rhodes Avenue. Josie pushes Chris away and tries to pull him closer; she does the same with Cal and even with her old friend Mark. She thinks back on her relationship with Josie and gradually reveals the secrets they shared. What makes the book so special is Isabel's smart, acerbic voice and her way of seeing everything from a sharp angle. Fox (Friends Like Us, 2012, etc.) studs Izzy's narration with surprising metaphors, turning ordinary domestic items into dangerous beasts ("the herd of wild minivans") and Josie's fatal accident into something almost domestic ("Her rusty 11-year-old Toyota skidded off the slick road like a can of soup rolling across a supermarket aisle"). Isabel (and Fox) has such an offbeat way of looking at things that you'll eagerly keep reading just to see what she's going to say next. Read it for the magnetic voice and Fox's ever interesting perspective on work, love, friendship, and parenthood—because, really, what else is there?(Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2015)
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10435639
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Fox, Lauren
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3606.O95536
LC item number
D39 2015
Literary form
fiction
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  • Female friendship
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Marital conflict
Target audience
adult
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Days of awe : a novel, Lauren Fox
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"This is a Borzoi book."
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volume
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Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
256 pages
Isbn
9780307268129
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(hardcover)
Lccn
2015013533
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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  • 907811026
  • (OCoLC)907811026
Label
Days of awe : a novel, Lauren Fox
Publication
Copyright
Note
"This is a Borzoi book."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
256 pages
Isbn
9780307268129
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015013533
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 907811026
  • (OCoLC)907811026

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