Plan Z by Leslie Kove: A Novel

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As a little girl growing up in Squitchit, New York, Leslie Kove doubtless imagined that she and her two siblings would one day marry, have kids, and make ordinary productive lives for themselves. But by 1970, her brother, Peter, has died in Vietnam. Her sister, Susan, a scholarship student at Bennington College in Vermont, has changed her name to Sabra-Sou and dances topless in political demonstrations. And Leslie, a high school senior, has no idea what to say when people ask her what she's going to do with her life: She needs a plan. This first-person tragicomedy begins with Leslie's visit to Bennington in May 1970 and continues over two decades as she journeys through "the rabbit hole"--like a modern-day Alice in the Wonderland that is America.

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"You could say that if Holden Caulfield were a couple of years older and a girl he might have written just such a book as Plan Z by Leslie Kove,but you would be wrong. Betsy Robinson has her own sadder and wiser (and, on occasion,very funny) voice, and her own set of priorities. With this prize-winning first novel, a diverse and original new talent has arrived on the literary scene." 
--Marvin Barrett

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Winner of Black Lawrence Press's 2013 Big Moose Prize for her novel The Last Will & Testament of Zelda McFigg, Betsy Robinson has been writing funny for more than 40 years--as a playwright, journalist, and novelist. Her first novel, Plan Z by Leslie Kove (called "one of the funniest books I have read . . . a fabulous read" by Sixth Sense radio, KKNW, Seattle), was published by Mid-List Press in 2001 as winner of their First Novel Award Series. In 2011 she self-published her shortest book with the longest title, Conversations with Mom: An Aging Baby Boomer, in Need of an Elder, Writes to Her Dead Mother (called "touching, hysterically funny, and oh so wise" by The Review Broads). Betsy is a former actor (John Sayles films Return of the Secaucus Seven and Lianna) and present book editor, specializing in self-help and spiritual psychology. Her awards include winner of Chronogram magazine's literary (short story) award, a Writers Guild East fellowship to write two screenplays, two playwright residencies at the O'Neill Playwrights Conference, and first prize in Dubuque Fine Arts 1-Act Contest.

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