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The Best Place to Be

The Best Place to Be

(2007)
A Novel in Stories
A collection of stories by

 
"I looked out the window and was filled with contentment. I was on a train. There was no landscape, ugly or beautiful, to demand my attention . . . None of the passengers within my view were badly dressed. I had the right book with me . . . I was happily married but alone, nothing in the immediate past to regret, nothing in the immediate future to fear. In between -- the best place to be."

At fifty, Grace Hanford has lived long enough to be a daughter, a stepdaughter, a girlfriend, a sister, a sister-in-law, a wife, a stepmother, and an orphan. She has fallen in and out of love -- with troublesome men, with her glamorous mother, with her wild best friend, and with New York City -- more times than she can count. Still, Grace is more comic than melancholic, and a gifted confessor. She lives life as if every day is a movie in which her role is yet to be determined -- and her audience loves her for it.

In The Best Place to Be, we follow Grace from her fatherless childhood through her years at an all-girls college to adulthood in the city and her many dating escapades (and escapes) as an urban sophisticate. Wherever she may be, Grace tries to find her place in the world with humor and the blunt surprise of truth. And always, in the background, there is Grace's mother, brother, and the man she could or might or will call husband, out of reach -- until she reaches.

In the tradition of Melissa Bank's The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing, The Best Place to Be is at once funny, moving, and deeply provocative, a love letter to the self-determined woman that shimmers with hilarious insight and graceful wit.

 
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Hardback Editions

April 2007 : USA Hardback
Title: The Best Place to Be: A Novel in Stories
Author(s): Lesley Dormen
ISBN: 1-4165-3261-7 / 978-1-4165-3261-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

April 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: The Best Place to Be: A Novel in Stories
Author(s): Lesley Dormen
ISBN: 1-4165-3262-5 / 978-1-4165-3262-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

April 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Best Place to Be: A Novel in Stories
Author(s): Lesley Dormen
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

April 2007 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Best Place to Be: A Novel in Stories
Author(s): Lesley Dormen
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon UK   



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