Farewell, Dorothy Parker by Ellen Meister

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It’s as if Ms. Meister’s respect for Mrs. Parker softens her portrait of a woman who could be almost pathologically vicious to even her closest friends—a combination, as Alexander Woolcott once noted, of Little Nell and Lady Macbeth.
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When it comes to movie reviews, critic Violet Epps is a powerhouse voice. But that’s only because she’s learned to channel her literary hero Dorothy Parker, the most celebrated and scathing wit of the twentieth century. If only Violet could summon that kind of strength in her personal life.

Violet visits the Algonquin Hotel in an attempt to find inspiration from the hallowed dining room where Dorothy Parker and so many other famous writers of the 1920s traded barbs, but she gets more than she bargained for when Parker’s feisty spirit rematerializes. An irreverent ghost with problems of her own—including a refusal to cross over to the afterlife—Mrs. Parker helps Violet face her fears, becoming in turn mentor and tormentor…and ultimately, friend.

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About Ellen Meister

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ELLEN MEISTER teaches creative writing at Hofstra University School of Continuing Education, and lives on Long Island with her husband and three children.
 
Published February 21, 2013 by Berkley. 320 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Horror. Fiction
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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Norman Powers on Feb 01 2013

It’s as if Ms. Meister’s respect for Mrs. Parker softens her portrait of a woman who could be almost pathologically vicious to even her closest friends—a combination, as Alexander Woolcott once noted, of Little Nell and Lady Macbeth.

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Toronto Star

Below average
Reviewed by Deborah Dundas on Mar 22 2013

Fair enough is the idea that, behind all of Parker’s quips and razor-sharp tongue, lies a soft, vulnerable centre. Problem is, I don’t buy the modern-day pop psychology angst that tries to explain that centre.

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