Absence of Pain: A Novel

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A first novel featuring Maggie Sommers, war correspondent in Lebanon. On the day her closest friend is killed, she falls in love for the first time. The man is an Israeli whose lifestyle, politics and expectations are completely different to her own. He's also already married to someone else.

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Victor deftly blends humor, romance and tragedy in this memorable novel about the importance of finding love and security in a perilous, unstable world. Television news correspondent Maggie Sommers watches with horror when her soundman is gruesomely killed by a grenade in Lebanon in 1982. Distraught, she flees home to New York to ponder her miserable past and uncertain future. Though Maggie grew up in enviable affluence, her father's infidelities drove her mother to attempt suicide. Maggie's own farcical marriage to Eric Ornstein began inauspiciously (on their honeymoon, he wanted her to see Dachau) and ended equally badly. Despite these traumas, she became an accomplished reporter, but now, plagued by relentless pessimism and self-doubt, Maggie must decide whether to commit herself to her lover, a dashing Israeli general, or face life without him. With her quirks, courage and vulnerability, Maggie Sommers is an endearing heroine.
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From Library Journal:

Maggie Sommers is a television correspondent assigned to the war in Lebanon who falls for a handsome, married Israeli general. Turmoil in her personal lifea failed marriage, a few love affairs, a suicidal mother, an adulterous fatheras well as dangerous Mideast assignments, add to her indecision about the gorgeous general's proposal of marriage. The plot thickens and resolves by the final page, allowing this self-centered "gutsy lady" of the 1980s to have it all. Of interest only to large collections, if the budget permits. Virginia A. Doser, Saddleback Coll., Mission Viejo, Cal.
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