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The Decent Proposal

(2016)
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An addictively listenable debut romantic comedy, drama, and mystery rolled into one, about two very different strangers whose lives become intertwined when they receive an unusual proposition. This is a funny, tender, and enchanting story about love, attraction, and friendship: Jane Austen in Los Angeles.

A struggling Hollywood producer, Richard Baumbach is 29, hungover, and broke. Ridiculously handsome, with an innate charm and an air of invincibility, he still believes good things will come his way. For now he contents himself with days at the Coffee Bean and nights with his best friend, Mike (that's a woman, by the way).

At 33, Elizabeth Santiago is on track to make partner at her law firm. Known as "La Maquina" - The Machine - to her colleagues, she's grown used to avoiding anything that might derail her quiet, orderly life. And yet recently she befriended a homeless man in her Venice neighborhood, surprised to find how much she enjoys their early morning chats.

Richard and Elizabeth's paths collide when they receive a proposal from a mysterious anonymous benefactor. They'll split a million dollars if they agree to spend at least two hours together - just talking - every week for a year. Astonished and more than a little suspicious, they both, nevertheless, say yes. Richard needs the money and likes the adventure of it. Elizabeth embraces the challenge of shaking up her life a little more. Both agree the idea is ridiculous, but why not?

What ensues is a delightful journey full of twists, revelations, hamburgers, classic literature, poppy music, and, above all, love in its multitude of forms. The Decent Proposal is a heartfelt and often hilarious look at the ties that bind not just a guy and a girl but an entire diverse cast of characters situated within a modern-day Los Angeles brought to full and irrepressible life.

 
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Hardback Editions

April 2016 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Decent Proposal: A Novel
Author(s): Kemper Donovan
ISBN: 0-06-239162-3 / 978-0-06-239162-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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Paperback Editions

April 2017 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Decent Proposal: A Novel
Author(s): Kemper Donovan
ISBN: 0-06-239159-3 / 978-0-06-239159-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

April 2016 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Decent Proposal: A Novel
Author(s): Kemper Donovan
ISBN: 0-06-249842-8 / 978-0-06-249842-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
Availability: Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

April 2016 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: The Decent Proposal
Author(s): Kemper Donovan
ISBN: 1-5046-9688-3 / 978-1-5046-9688-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

April 2016 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: The Decent Proposal
Author(s): Kemper Donovan
ISBN: 1-5046-9689-1 / 978-1-5046-9689-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

April 2016 : USA MP3 CD
thumbTitle: The Decent Proposal: A Novel
Author(s): Kemper Donovan
ISBN: 1-5047-3084-4 / 978-1-5047-3084-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishing and Blackstone Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

April 2016 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Decent Proposal: A Novel
Author(s): Kemper Donovan
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

April 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Decent Proposal: A Novel
Author(s): Kemper Donovan
Publisher: Harper
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


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