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Paradise Park

Paradise Park

(1991)
A novel by

 
Brilliant, fresh, funny, and wise, Allegra Goodman has delighted readers with her short stories in The New Yorker and her critically acclaimed collections Total Immersion and The Family Markowitz. Her celebrated first novel, Kaaterskill Falls, was a national bestseller and a National Book Award finalist. The novel, wrote Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times, "ratifies the achievement of the author's short stories, even as it announces the debut of a gifted novelist."

Now, in Paradise Park, Goodman introduces one of the most endearing, exasperating, and indomitable heroines in modern literature: Sharon Spiegelman. Abandoned by her folk-dancing partner, Gary, in a Honolulu hotel room, Sharon realizes she could return to Boston--and her estranged family--or listen to that little voice inside herself. The voice that asks: "How come Gary got to pursue his causes, while all I got to pursue was him?"

Thus, with an open heart, a soul on fire, and her meager possessions (a guitar, two Indian gauze skirts, a macramé bikini, and her grandfather's silver watch) Sharon begins her own spiritual quest: living with the red-footed boobies, embracing the Edenic rain forests of Molokai, seeking enlightenment (with and without men) at the Greater Love Salvation Church, the Consciousness Meditation Center, a couples workshop in Waikiki, the Torah-Or Institute in Jerusalem, and in Professor Friedell's University of Hawaii course on world religions. Ever the optimist, Sharon is sure each time that she has struck it rich "spiritually speaking"--until she comes up empty. Then, in a karmic convergence of events, Sharon starts on the path home to Judaism. Still, even as she embraces her tradition, Sharon's irrepressible self tugs at her sleeve. Especially when she meets Mikhail, falls truly in love at last, and discovers what even she could not imagine--her destiny.

 
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Hardback Editions

March 2001 : USA Hardback
Title: Paradise Park
Author(s): Allegra Goodman
ISBN: 0-385-33416-8 / 978-0-385-33416-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: The Dial Press
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1991 : Hardback
Title: Paradise Park
Author(s): Allegra Goodman
ISBN: 1-399-79276-8 / 978-1-399-79276-9
Publisher: DIAL PRESS
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Paperback Editions

April 2002 : USA Paperback
Title: Paradise Park
Author(s): Allegra Goodman
ISBN: 0-385-33418-4 / 978-0-385-33418-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
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April 2002 : USA Paperback
Title: Paradise Park: Reading Group Guide
Author(s): Allegra Goodman
ISBN: 0-385-33195-9 / 978-0-385-33195-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dell Publishing
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Kindle Editions

October 2009 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Paradise Park
Author(s): Allegra Goodman
Publisher: The Dial Press
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