Rita Ciresi is the author of the novels Pink Slip and Blue Italian and two collections of short fiction, Sometimes I Dream in Italian and Mother Rocket, the latter of which won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. She lives with her husband and daughter in Florida. From the eBook edition.
This is a sequel to Ciresi's Pink Slip, a funny romp of a book in which charmingly wacky Lisa Diodetto falls in love with and eventually marries her stuffy yet sexy boss. Now the couple is married and has a five-year-old son named Danny, and it seems they've lost their spark. Lisa is a stay-at-home mom trying to become a famous novelist on the side. Eben works long hours at a job that he finds unfulfilling, the couple is having problems conceiving another baby, and Danny has bad adenoids that cause him to wheeze and snort up a storm. All in all, not much is pleasant in the Strauss household. And it's not that pleasant to read about-we get lots of details about Eben's chronic constipation, for example, and there doesn't seem to be a speck of joy in Eben and Lisa's relationship or parenting. So instead of being funny and charming, the sequel, which is billed on the book jacket as a true look into a marriage, is simply depressing. Fans of Ciresi's previous work may enjoy the reprise, but they will end up disappointed if they're expecting another cute, cheeky tale.-Beth Gibbs, Davidson, NC Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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