Bokat, Nicole Redeeming Eve

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Redeeming Eve

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Eve Sterling is a 21st century girl with a hankering for the 19th. She wants her life to be as gracefully choreographed as a Jane Austen novel. However, when she finds herself pregnant after only a few months of dating the distinctly un-Darcylike Hart, she can't help but feel that she's living in an all together different genre. Eve has the additional burden of being in the shadow of the imposing celebrity of her own mother, Maxie. Suddenly thrust into the limelight, Maxie has been transformed into a media darling just as her own daughter's carcer begins to falter. Can Eve ever learn to balance the demands of marriage and motherhood with her need to carve out a niche for herself?

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Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2000

"A 1990s woman is torn between her family and her career, and fills it will compassion, good humor, and an abundance of angst.

Eve Sterling is a 30-year old academic with a passion for Jane Austen and not much else. Having recently broken up with a boyfriend, she's content to sit at home alone, mostly contemplating her dissertation, until a friend in desperation sets her up on a blind date. Hart, a commercial photographer, is nothing like the men she usually goes out with (academics, with a few poets mixed in), but they both soon fall head over heels and begin seriously contemplating marriage. Of course, fate intervenes, and Eve becomes pregnant. Suddenly, she must learn to envision herself not only as a wife but a parent--when, without warning, her academic adviser dismisses her work as 'trivial.' And her mother, an overbearing Dr. Ruth-like therapist, reveals some of her daughter's deepest secrets on national television, pushing Eve into a deep, dark psychological abyss. She escapes to London, abandoning Hart (now her husband) and her newborn daughter, Gemma, in the hopes of finding herself. Bokat reinforces Eve's sense of confusion by cleverly alternating between her personal letters and the main storyline. Eve eventually returns to the States, yet the author does not quite fall victim to the desire to create a conventional happy ending, leaving most of her people's lives somewhat in flux. Eve may never be able to resolve her internal and interpersonal pressures, but the author, through her deft usage of Jane Austen quotes throughout the text, makes us realize these are not problems restricted to the contemporary woman.

Newcomer Bokat sketches her characters with broad strokes, and though sometimes her pen slips into caricature, predominantly they're finely drawn with humor, sensitivity, and a dash of chutzpah. A fine debut."

Publisher's Weekly, May 22, 2000

"It is the modern woman's challenge to juggle career and family, and Bokat's likable, amusing characters struggle gamely to survive the contemporary conundrum, attempting to fit messy life into neat little packages. For ambitious Eve Sterling, a 30-year-old Manhattanite and Jane Austen scholar who is trying to finish her dissertation, a husband and baby are not on the syllabus. But then she falls for gentle, decidedly unscholarly Hart, a freelance photographer, and he quickly proposes. Before the wedding, Eve and Hart are both surprised and dismayed to discover she is pregnant; selfishly, she worries about the last chapters of her thesis while he struggles to cope with new responsibilities. Hart's caricaturish Jewish parents and Eve's overbearing mother, Maxine, an infertility counselor and TV personality, only exacerbate the couple's troubles. With the arrival of baby Gemma, Eve and Hart relocate to suburban New Jersey, which leaves Eve feeling bereft of her old identity. She tries to hold on to her aspirations, but watches many of them slip away in the depressing and jealousy-inducing episodes of her new life: her adviser's rejection of her thesis, her friend Dee's book contract, Hart's unemployment and her mother's rise to fame on the Mornings with Maxie! show. Eve believes the only way she will find resolution is to take a break from her family and finish her paper. The quest to balance motherhood and Ph.D. research makes for a contemporary and sometimes amusing plot, though the clumsy incorporation of letters written over the course of Eve's self-imposed exile interrupts the narrative flow. Despite this type of first novel flaw, Bokat serves up an ably written tale complete with an Austenesque happy ending."

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It is the modern woman's challenge to juggle career and family, and Bokat's likable, amusing characters struggle gamely to survive the contemporary conundrum, attempting to fit messy life into neat little packages. For ambitious Eve Sterling, a 30-year-old Manhattanite and Jane Austen scholar who is trying to finish her dissertation, a husband and baby are not on the syllabus. But then she falls for gentle, decidedly unscholarly Hart, a freelance photographer, and he quickly proposes. Before the wedding, Eve and Hart are both surprised and dismayed to discover she is pregnant; selfishly, she worries about the last chapters of her thesis while he struggles to cope with new responsibilities. Hart's caricaturish Jewish parents and Eve's overbearing mother, Maxine, an infertility counselor and TV personality, only exacerbate the couple's troubles. With the arrival of baby Gemma, Eve and Hart relocate to suburban New Jersey, which leaves Eve feeling bereft of her old identity. She tries to hold on to her aspirations, but watches many of them slip away in the depressing and jealousy-inducing episodes of her new life: her adviser's rejection of her thesis, her friend Dee's book contract, Hart's unemployment and her mother's rise to fame on the Mornings with Maxie! show. Eve believes the only way she will find resolution is to take a break from her family and finish her paper. The quest to balance motherhood and Ph.D. research makes for a contemporary and sometimes amusing plot, though the clumsy incorporation of letters written over the course of Eve's self-imposed exile interrupts the narrative flow. Despite this type of first novel flaw, Bokat serves up an ably written tale complete with an Austenesque happy ending. (June)
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