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The Shadow Man (A Signed First Edition)

Sofia Shafquat

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ISBN 10: 1877946257 / ISBN 13: 9781877946257
Published by Sag Harbor: Permanent Press, 1993
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Sag Harbor: Permanent Press (1993). First edition. First printing. Hardcover. Fine/Near fine. A clean, tight copy. Comes with mylar dust jacket cover. Shipped in well-padded box. Smoke-free shop. Signed by author on title page. Jacket slightly sun faded. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # LW-1520

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Title: The Shadow Man (A Signed First Edition)

Publisher: Sag Harbor: Permanent Press

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition....

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Shafquat's sparkling, tell-it-like-it-is debut exposes the prime hazards of dating today. Laden with pop psychology and fashion-magazine views of female-male interaction, it rings true nonetheless. Narrator Leslie Kovalsky, a sanguine 29-year-old Southern Californian, has an uncanny knack for choosing inauspicious liaisons. Among her misalliances is a lustful fling with a hang-gliding instructor named Geoff, which ends when Geoff admits he lives with another woman, German immigrant Cornelia. Leslie confronts Cornelia with the truth; Cornelia promptly dumps the swine to move in with Leslie. With her perceptive observations and imperfect English, Cornelia turns out to be a charming housemate, and it is she who introduces the title's ``shadow'' concept, based on the premise that men's attachments to women are insubstantial. Another engaging personality here is a prototypical beach bum called Unicorn, the Love Doctor, who quotes classic poetry while counseling Leslie on romance. This uncynical and diverting novel and its fresh heroine provide examples of the wit, emotional resilience and self-sufficiency necessary for successful single life. Shafquat is a former editor at Rodale

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A wise and witty first novel detailing the lonely days and nights of a single California woman--a quiet, melancholy tale infused with surprising and delightful whimsy. At 29, Leslie Kovalksy is still a drifter, having driven cross-country from her New Jersey home to take up a sort of borderline existence on the California coastline. A former ballet dancer, she does work as a paralegal, snips magazine articles, makes love with whoever asks, and wanders the beach at all hours, but she still hasn't managed to identify the life--or the man--of her dreams. A brief, obsessive affair with a hang glider leads her into a quirky friendship with Cornelia, his German, live-in girlfriend whose funny English (American men are ``weert''--as unsubstantial as ``sheddos'') endears her to Leslie. Wanting earnestly to do the right thing, Leslie helps pry Cornelia from her unhealthy lover and even finds her a job, but both attempts end in disaster. So do Leslie's frequent if tentative attempts at finding love: a handsome truck driver propositions her but fails to perform; a cousin of her boss's behaves piggishly and drives a ``penismobile''; an older friend and running partner turns inexplicably surly when Leslie lends out his books on how to swim; and even her next-door-neighbor, a possible Mr. Right, starts ridiculing her for how little money she makes. Bewildered by the frequent emotional eruptions of friends she's just trying to please, comforted only by Cornelia's ``weert'' English and the poetic musings of Dr. Love, a beach bum she encounters near her house, Leslie begins to sense that the secret to life lies not in the storyline she longs to create for herself but in mysterious fragments that resist being--and should never be--forced together. A poetic, sweet, and memorable story--and a remarkably accomplished debut. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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