Elisabeth Brink Save Your Own

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Meet Gillian Cormier-Brandenburg: a virginal, narcoleptic, atheistic Harvard Divinity School student struggling to finish her Ph.D. thesis. When her fellowship is revoked, Gillian must venture outside the walls of academia in search of a new source of income as well as interview subjects for her dissertation. She takes a job at Responsibility House, a halfway house for recovering addicts. Here pintsize Gillian is charged with the unlikely task of imposing order on unruly tenants, including motorcycle-obsessed Janet, impulsive former prostitute Florine, and self-righteous Stacy, who begin to inspire her to rethink her own dreams and desires.

A delightful read for all those who have ever wished they could be a little more than they are, Save Your Own is the perfect self-made Cinderella story.

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ELISABETH BRINK worked in publishing, counseling, and high-tech marketing before earning a Ph.D. in American literature. Since then she has taught writing and literature at Harvard, Tufts, and Boston College. Her fiction has garnered her fellowships in Prague and St. Petersburg, and her stories were nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the late Andre Dubus. She lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

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Gillian Cormier-Brandenburg will lose her Harvard Divinity School fellowship if she doesn't get to work on her dissertation project, an ambitious examination of "secular conversion experiences," in this sweet, well-premised but feeble debut. To procure conversion narratives, Gillian becomes a supervisor to 12 recovering addicts at Responsibility House, a residential treatment program for women. Gillian wants to keep her stipend, but, at 26, she also desperately wants to lose her virginity, and she hopes the motley women of Responsibility House will show her the ropes on the latter while providing narrative fodder for the former. Gillian's hyperintellectual personality and homely appearance contrasts sharply with the sexily roughshod residents, from whom Gillian seeks approval; she also finds herself lusting after a Harley-riding resident named Janet. Gillian's attempts at gaining the women's acceptance and trust falls at cross-purposes with the strict rules of the halfway house, a conflict that plays out repeatedly; Gillian's moral posturing presents questions that are compelling, but end up repetitive. And while Gillian is well developed as a narrator, her relationships with the residents are thin, resulting in often wooden exchanges. Still, the sympathetic reader will applaud Gillian as she gets some of what she wants, and more. (June 6)
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