Fiction: September 2007 Archives

Ode to Robby Benson

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Remember Robby Benson? He of the big, blue eyes, baby-smooth skin and sensitive voice? He of the big screen tear-jerkers "Ice Castles," "One on One," "Ode to Billy Joe" ... TV's "The Death of Richie," anyone?

Benson disappeared from the public eye after a while and spent most of his post-Tiger Beat years behind the camera, doing voiceover work and directing sitcoms. Now he's gone and written a novel, Who Stole the Funny? (Harper Entertainment, 349 pages, $13.95) ...

Who Stole The Funny

Mothers, daughters and granddaughters

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The narrator of today's selection, The Empress of Weehawken by Irene Dische (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 307 pages, $24), is one of those great characters you can instantly envision in the movie version — or in this case, maybe a sitcom...

The Empress of Weehawken

Soap opera beginnings

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In the press notes that came with the Family Acts (Ballantine, 321 pages, $24.95), there is an essay written by the novel's author, Louise Shaffer, titled "Why I Write."

Family Acts

"I think every book I pick up is a mini-vacation," Shaffer writes, "or at least has the potential to be one."

In Family Acts, we travel to New York, California, Georgia and a few scattered points in between ...

Mothers and daughters

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"Life is short, so make time for your loved ones" is the big message in today's selection, Life on the Refrigerator Door: Notes Between a Mother and Daughter (Harper, 220 pages $15.95) by Alice Kuipers.

Life on the Refrigerator Door

The book covers about a year in the lives of teenage Claire and her divorced obstetrician mother. The two never see each other, and apparently do not have cell phones, so they communicate via written notes. Here are a couple examples ...