On Sale: June 10, 2008
Featuring: Julie Jenson
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Women's Fiction Contemporary | Contemporary Chick Lit
It's the most annoying question and they just can't help
asking you. You'll be asked it at family gatherings,
weddings, and on first dates. And you'll ask yourself far
too often. It's the question that has no good answer. It's
the question that when people stop asking it, makes you feel
even worse: Why are you single?
On a brisk October
morning in New York, Julie Jenson, a single
thirty-eight-yearold book publicist, is on her way to work
when she gets a hysterical phone call from her friend
Georgia. Reeling from her husband's announcement that he is
leaving her for a samba teacher, Georgia convinces a
reluctant Julie to organize a fun girls' night out with all
their single friends to remind her why it is so much fun not
to be tied down.
But the night, which starts with steaks
and martinis and ends with a trip to the hospital, becomes a
wake-up call for Julie. Because none of her friends seems to
be having much fun right now: Alice, a former legal aid
attorney, has recently quit her job to start dating for a
living; Serena is so busy becoming a fully realized person
that she can't find time to look for a mate; and Ruby, a
curvy and compassionate woman, has been mourning the death
of her cat for months.
So, fed up with the dysfunction and
disappointments of being single in Manhattan, Julie quits
her job and sets off to find out how women around the world
are dealing with this dreaded phenomenon. From Paris to Rio
to Sydney, Bali, Beijing, Mumbai, and Reykjav'k, Julie falls
in love, gets her heart broken, sees the world, and learns
more than she ever dreamed possible. Back in New York, her
friends are grappling with their own issues -- bad blind
dates, loveless engagements, custody battles, and single
motherhood. Through their journeys, all these women fight to
redefine their vision of love, happiness, and a fulfilled
Written in Liz Tuccillo's pitch-perfect, hilarious,
and relatable voice, How to Be Single is the ultimate
novel for the adventurer in us all.
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