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The Book of Dahlia

The Book of Dahlia

(2008)
A novel by

 
From the author of the critically acclaimed story collection How This Night Is Different comes a dark, arresting, fearlessly funny story of one young woman's terminal illness. In The Book of Dahlia, Elisa Albert walks a dazzling line between gravitas and irreverence, mining an exhilarating blend of skepticism and curiosity, compassion and candor, high and low culture.

Meet Dahlia Finger: twenty-nine, depressed, whip-smart, occasionally affable, bracingly honest, resolutely single, and perennially unemployed. She spends her days stoned in front of the TV, watching the same movies repeatedly, like "a form of prayer." But Dahlia's so-called life is upended by an aggressive, inoperable brain tumor.

Stunned and uncomprehending, Dahlia must work toward reluctant emotional reckoning with the aid of a questionable self-help guide. She obsessively revisits the myriad heartbreaks, disappointments, rages, and regrets that comprise the story of her life -- from her parents' haphazard Israeli courtship to her kibbutz conception; from the role of beloved daughter and little sister to that of abandoned, suicidal adolescent; from an affluent childhood in Los Angeles to an aimless existence in the gentrified wilds of Brooklyn; from a girl with "options" to a girl with none -- convinced that cancer struck because she herself is somehow at fault.

With her take-no-prisoners perspective, her depressive humor, and her extreme vulnerability, Dahlia Finger is an unforgettable anti-heroine. This staggering portrait of one young woman's life and death confirms Elisa Albert as a "witty, incisive" (Variety) and even "wonder-inducing" writer (Time Out New York).

 
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Hardback Editions

August 2008 : USA Hardback
Title: The Book of Dahlia (Thorndike Reviewers' Choice)
Author(s): Elisa Albert
ISBN: 1-4104-0847-7 / 978-1-4104-0847-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Gale Cengage
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2008 : USA Hardback
Title: The Book of Dahlia: A Novel
Author(s): Elisa Albert
ISBN: 0-7432-9129-8 / 978-0-7432-9129-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Free Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

March 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: The Book of Dahlia: A Novel
Author(s): Elisa Albert
ISBN: 0-7432-9130-1 / 978-0-7432-9130-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Free Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

November 2015 : MP3 CD
Title: The Book of Dahlia
Author(s): Elisa Albert
ISBN: 1-5113-4091-6 / 978-1-5113-4091-5
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

October 2013 : UK Audio edition
Title: The Book of Dahlia
Author(s): Elisa Albert
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

March 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Book of Dahlia: A Novel
Author(s): Elisa Albert
Publisher: Free Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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