Love and Other Impossible Pursuits by Ayelet Waldman

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In this moving, wry, and candid novel, widely acclaimed novelist Ayelet Waldman takes us through one woman’s passage through love, loss, and the strange absurdities of modern life.

Emilia Greenleaf believed that she had found her soulmate, the man she was meant to spend her life with. But life seems a lot less rosy when Emilia has to deal with the most neurotic and sheltered five-year-old in New York City: her new stepson William. Now Emilia finds herself trying to flag down taxis with a giant, industrial-strength car seat, looking for perfect, strawberry-flavored, lactose-free cupcakes, receiving corrections on her French pronunciation from her supercilious stepson – and attempting to find balance in a new family that’s both larger, and smaller, than she bargained for. In Love and Other Impossible Pursuits Ayelet Waldman has created a novel rich with humor and truth, perfectly characterizing one woman’s search for answers in a crazily uncertain world.


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About Ayelet Waldman

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AYELET WALDMAN is the author of Daughter's Keeper and Love and Other Impossible Pursuits. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Salon, New York, Elle, Vogue, and other publications. She and her husband, the novelist Michael Chabon, live in Berkeley, California, with their four children.
 
Published February 13, 2007 by Anchor. 466 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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The seductress in this novel thinks she has a war to win.

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Entertainment Weekly

Love and Other Impossible Pursuits (2006) Excitable go-getter Manhattanite Emilia Greenleaf (lawyer, shoe shopper) loves her husband but these days wails inconsolably, mourning the death of their infant daughter.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Emilia played the game she wasn’t supposed to: she fell in love with Jack, whisked him away from his wife, and married him herself.

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New York Magazine

(At Isabel’s funeral, Emilia’s milk comes in and soaks her shirt.) But Love and Other Impossible Pursuits is often strongest at its most satirical, whether tweaking Emilia’s self-righteous Park Slope sister or distinguishing uptown moms from their nannies by their “crumpled comfort at a four-figu...

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