High Maintenance by Jennifer Belle

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The story of an obsessive love affair between a woman and an apartment.

The publication of her sexy, offbeat, riotous first novel, Going Down, won Jennifer Belle comparisons from everyone from Dorothy Parker and Lorrie Moore to J. D. Salinger and Liz Phair. In High Maintenance, Belle is back with another brilliantly twisted New York story that is as funny, sad, painful, ridiculous, wild, daring, and lovable as its predecessor.

Set in the manic world of New York real estate, High Maintenance is the story of Liv Kellerman, a young woman who's just left her husband and, more important, their fabulous penthouse apartment with its Empire State Building view. On her own for the first time in her life, she relocates to a crumbling Greenwich Village hovel and contemplates her next move. Before long she finds her true calling: selling real estate. With her native eye for prime properties and an ability to lie with a straight face, Liv finds success and soon is swimming with the sharks-the hardcore, cutthroat brokers who'll do anything to close a deal. Along the way she picks up a maniacally ardent architect who likes to bite her, a few hilarious bosses, strange and exasperating clients, and a gun, and brings them with her on her search for the one thing she's really after: a home.

Belle's gift for creating strange and winning characters and her acute observations of both the absurd and the poignant in everyday life are the hallmarks of her fiction. High Maintenance is generous and unsparing, tough and exciting and terrifically smart—a hot new property on the market.


About Jennifer Belle

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Born and raised in New York City, Jennifer Belle turned to writing several years ago after a successful stint as an off-Broadway actress. Belle dropped out of high school and college, but did graduate from elementary school. Her first novel, Going Down, was named Best Summer Novel by Time Out New York and a Top Ten Book of the Year by the New York Post, and has been translated into eleven languages. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, MS., The Independent Magazine (London), Harper's Bazaar, Mudfish, and several anthologies. She lives in New York City.
Published July 2, 2002 by Riverhead. 273 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Travel. Fiction

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Brimming with Gotham references, weird but lovable characters and typical urban scenes, Belle's second novel (after Going Down, which won her the title of Entertainment Weekly's Best New Novelist of 1996) is a witty and engaging tale of love and real estate in Manhattan.

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And though I may be afraid to find someone like Andrew, I may have to look for a new apartment...because as Liv realizes, "for a single girl in New York there is no such thing as living too far south."

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Entertainment Weekly

Liv Kellerman, the heroine of Belle's second novel, could be the slightly dimmer, dreamier cousin of actress/hooker Bennington Bloom from 1996's highly praised Going Down (Belle is making a career out of clever chronicles of women who lie for money).

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