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Excuse Me for Asking: A Novel

Arnold, Janis

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ISBN 10: 1565120574 / ISBN 13: 9781565120570
Published by Algonquin Books, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.A., 1994
Used Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: Excuse Me for Asking: A Novel

Publisher: Algonquin Books, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Edition: 1st Printing

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Janis Arnold's joyous second novel is a story of friendship and family, of big dreams and bad dreams. Julia Salwell seems to have it all - money, a father and brother who are crazy about her, and a rich boyfriend who's co-captain of the football team in tiny Cypress Springs, Texas. But there's something wrong, something eating at Julia, something that keeps waking her up at night, screaming in the dark. When Robin Tilton meets Julia in college, it seems they've got nothing in common. Where Julia is flashy and dramatic, Robin is quiet and insecure. Where Julia breezes through, Robin has to bear down. Where Julia's rich parents will always bail her out of trouble, Robin is a scholarship student who doesn't even know who her parents are. But when Julia and Robin are thrown together as freshman-year roommates, it's just the beginning . . . of a beautiful friendship. Excuse Me for Asking is told in the voices of Julia, Robin, their families, friends, and nosy neighbors. As Julia and Robin watch their dreams collide with the reality of careers, husbands, families, and aging parents, they draw us into a touching story of women's lives and small-town America, a story involving compromises, infidelity, repression, and (possibly) a murder.

About the Author:

Janis Arnold, a native Texan, has also lived in Florida and North Carolina. She currently lives with her husband and son in San Antonio, where she teaches school. She earned a B.A. from the University of Central Florida and an M.A. from the University of Houston. Her first novel, Daughters of Memory, was published by Algonquin in 1991 and reissued as a Front Porch paperback in 1993.

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