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Luna Devon is at a crossroads in her life when she and her good friend Wren Caldwell a clever, outspoken, gorgeous, budding writer are shot by a crazed, suicidal pal. When Wren perishes, the timid, lackluster, graduate student Luna survives with a hole in her heart and decides to reinvent herself . . . as Wren. Luna thinks she has it made after taking the job her friend has landed sight unseen at a hot new California magazine; yet if Wren’s life offers a bed of roses, it certainly has its thorns. With moxie, pizzazz, gutsiness, and fingers crossed, Luna will try her best, even if it means pursuing her happiness with a group of ecological terrorists, a floating high-stakes chess game run by a hoodlum named Grudge, her anthropologist father who has taken a preteen Indian medicine woman for his new wife, and a man who wants what may be impossible for Wren to be herself.
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Laramie Dunaway (Raymond Obstfeld) is the author of Anatomy Lesson as well as more than 40 other books and a dozen screenplays and a contributing editor to Writer’s Digest magazine. His book Dead Heat was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America, and On the Shoulders of Giants, cowritten with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, was a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller. He teaches creative writing at Orange Coast College. He lives in Tustin, California.From Publishers Weekly:
Written in a frisky, wisecracking style, Dunaway's second novel (after Hungry Women ) kicks off smartly when good friends Luna Devon (a timid, lackluster graduate student) and Wren Caldwell (a clever, outspoken, gorgeous budding writer) both get shot by a crazed, suicidal pal. Only Luna survives. with a bullet hole in her chest. Boldly deciding to change her ho-hum life, Luna gathers Wren's brilliant literary efforts, responds to Wren's job offers and reinvents herself as a brainy journalist for a trendy California magazine. As Wren, she finds that the sassier her act, the bigger the payoff. Assigned to interview jailed husband-killer Season Dougherty, she becomes Season's ally and lands a fat contract to script her story for Hollywood. Playing on her borrowed name and credentials, she breezes into an affair with the amiable Davis Richard, himself a chaser of filmworthy stories. As her adventures as Wren hilariously pile up, Luna begins to see her criminally scripted double life as the stuff of movies, especially when she gets the surprise package of her pilfered identity--the arrival of dead Wren's shady, handsome ex-con husband, Byron, who is all too ready to go along with the scam. Blending a wealth of entertaining, good-humored tough talk with a rugged and ready sexuality, Dunaway keeps this romp of a novel moving with dexterity and panache. A snappy denouement shows Luna, having played Wren to the hilt, now primed to reenter her own life bolder and wiser. This is the first title in Warner's new Fresh Voices Program, which aims to publish quality fiction by unsung writers. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternates.
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