Ann Hood Something Blue

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Something Blue

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On the morning of her wedding day, Katherine flees to the home of her old college friend Lucy, who reluctantly agrees to put her up, in a story about women who must learn to know one another again

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Ann Hood was born in West Warwick, Rhode Island. She is the author of the bestselling novels The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread, and The Obituary Writer. Her memoir, Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, was named one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Her other novels include Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine, Waiting to Vanish, Three-Legged Horse, Something Blue, Places to Stay the Night, The Properties of Water, and Ruby. She has also written a memoir, Do Not Go Gentle: My Search for Miracles in a Cynical Time; a book on the craft of writing, Creating Character Emotions; and a collection of short stories, An Ornithologist’s Guide to Life. Her essays and short stories have appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic Monthly, Tin House, Ploughshares, and the Paris Review. Hood has won awards for the best American spiritual writing, travel writing, and food writing; the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction; and two Pushcart Prizes. She now lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with her husband and their children.

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Hood's ( Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine ) breezy and absorbing fourth novel takes on a perennially popular subject, the friendships of moderately struggling young women in New York City. Lucy's career as an illustrator of children's books is on the verge of coming together; she's only unhappy that her boyfriend, a dancer just about ready to throw in the towel, is not equally successful. By contrast, Lucy's inveterately restless chum Julia (who moves from sublet to sublet, pretends to hail from Milan--not Brooklyn--and sleeps only with oddballs and foreigners) falls unexpectedly in love with one man and one apartment. And Lucy's old roommate Katherine, who has left her intended at the altar in Connecticut but can't seem to shed her prim, cookie-baking persona, arrives in the city as Lucy's somewhat unwelcome houseguest, trailing her unhappy past as a sorority girl. Over the course of a year, the three have affairs and endure breakups, agonize about the direction of their lives, and both doubt and reaffirm their sometimes difficult three-way camaraderie. Anchored in the contemporary by references to brand names, restaurants and TV shows, Something Blue offers a faithful and enjoyable group portrait that is at the same time facile, as Hood ties up all loose ends in the effort to launch her heroines with conventional brio.
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