Washington Square Press
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Lissy Jablonski was fifteen during the summer of 1985. That
was the summer her father, a soft-spoken gynecologist, up
and left her mother for a redheaded bank teller. The same
summer Lissy and her mother disappeared from their quiet New
Hampshire lives to have an adventure of their own amid a
cast of unlikely characters, including a Valium-addicted
ex-debutante and a suspected mobster. The summer the
reliably comforting "girl talks" with her mother began to
reveal startling secrets.
Now an almost-thirty-year-old advertising executive in
Manhattan, faced with her father's imminent death and newly
pregnant by her married ex-lover, an unmoored Lissy finds
herself looking back across the years. Contending with her
affections for an old flame and his doomed marriage to a
Korean stripper named Kitty Hawk, as well as the tangible
legacies of that unmentionable summer with her mother, she
realizes that she has become more like her mother than she
ever could have imagined.
Talk of the Nation - March 6, 2007
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