Cleaning Nabokov's House by Leslie Daniels
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“I knew I could stay in this town when I found the blue enamel pot floating in the lake. The pot led me to the house, the house led me to the book, the book to the lawyer, the lawyer to the whorehouse, the whorehouse to science, and from science I joined the world.”

So begins Leslie Daniels’s funny and moving novel about a woman’s desperate attempt to rebuild her life. When Barb Barrett walks out on her loveless marriage she doesn’t realize she will lose everything: her home, her financial security, even her beloved children. Approaching forty with her life in shambles and no family or friends to turn to, Barb must now discover what it means to rely on herself in a stark new emotional landscape.

Guided only by her intense inner voice and a unique entrepreneurial vision, Barb begins to collect the scattered pieces of her life. She moves into a house once occupied by Vladimir Nabokov, author of the controversial masterpiece Lolita, and discovers a manuscript that may be his lost work. As her journey gathers momentum, Barb deepens a connection with her new world, discovering resources in her community and in herself that no one had anticipated. Written in elegant prose with touches of sharp humor and wit, Cleaning Nabokov’s House offers a new vision of modern love and a fervent reminder that it is never too late to find faith in our truest selves.
 

About Leslie Daniels

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Leslie Daniels has published short fiction and essays in "PlLeslie Daniels has published short fiction and essays in "Ploughshares, The Missouri Review, New Ohio Review", among othoughshares, The Missouri Review, New Ohio Review", among others and has been nominated four times for the Pushcart Prizeers and has been nominated four times for the Pushcart Prize, for Best American Essays, and for the Best of the Associat, for Best American Essays, and for the Best of the Associated Writing Programs. She is the former fiction editor of "Gred Writing Programs. She is the former fiction editor of "Green Mountains Review", and has worked in publishing for two een Mountains Review", and has worked in publishing for two decades. Her website is LeslieDaniels.com. decades. Her website is LeslieDaniels.com.
 
Published March 1, 2011 by Touchstone. 354 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Reduced to making ends meet by answering letters sent to a local dairy ("We do not have 'free range' cows, as you suggest, because of the danger it would pose to motorists as well as to the cows themselves…"), Barb moves into a drafty, dreary house once occupied by Vladimir and Vera Nabokov, and ...

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An odd mix of silly, ridiculous, and inspiring, Daniels's charming if scattered debut follows the unlikely course of Barb Barrett, numb and adrift after losing custody of her children.

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