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Touching stories for the shorter days of November

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Also by Ayelet Waldman:

Red Hook Road, July 2010
Hardcover
Bad Mother, May 2010
Hardcover
Bad Mother, May 2009
Hardcover
Bye-Bye, Black Sheep, July 2007
Paperback (reprint)
Bye-Bye, Black Sheep, August 2006
Hardcover
Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, January 2006
Hardcover
Murder Plays House, July 2004
Hardcover
Death Gets a Time-Out, June 2004
Paperback
A Playdate with Death, July 2003
Paperback
The Big Nap, July 2002
Paperback
Nursery Crimes, July 2001
Paperback

Love and Other Impossible Pursuits
Ayelet Waldman

Why we love no matter what...

Doubleday
January 2006
352 pages
ISBN: 0385515308
Hardcover
$23.95
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Contemporary Women's Fiction

With wry candor and tender humor, acclaimed novelist Ayelet Waldman has crafted a strikingly beautiful novel for our time, tackling the absurdities of modern life and reminding us why we love some people no matter what.

For Emilia Greenleaf, life is by turns a comedy of errors and an emotional minefield. Yes, she's a Harvard Law grad who married her soul mate. Yes, they live in elegant comfort on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. But with her one-and-only, Jack, came a stepson-- a know-it-all preschooler named William who has become her number one responsibility every Wednesday afternoon. With William, Emilia encounters a number of impossible pursuits-such as the pursuit of cab drivers who speed away when they see William's industrial-strength car seat and the pursuit of lactose-free, strawberry-flavored, patisserie-quality cupcakes, despite the fact that William's allergy is a figment of his over-protective mother's imagination.

As much as Emilia wants to find common ground with William, she becomes completely preoccupied when she loses her newborn daughter. After this, the sight of any child brings her to tears, and Wednesdays with William are almost impossible. When his unceasing questions turn to the baby's death, Emilia is at a total loss. Doesn't anyone understand that self-pity is a full-time job? Ironically, it is only through her blundering attempts to bond with William that she finally heals herself and learns what family really means.

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