Surrender, Dorothy by Meg Wolitzer
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For years, Sara Swerdlow was transported by an unfettered sense of immortality. Floating along on loving friendships and the adoration of her mother, Natalie, Sara's notion of death was entirely alien to her existence. But when a summer night's drive out for ice cream ends in tragedy, thirty-year-old Sara -- "held aloft and shimmering for years" -- finally lands.

Mining the intricate relationship between love and mourning, acclaimed novelist Meg Wolitzer explores a single, overriding question: who, finally, "owns" the excruciating loss of this young woman -- her mother or her closest friends? Depicting the aftermath of Sara's shocking death with piercing humor and shattering realism, Surrender, Dorothy is the luminously thoughtful, deeply moving exploration of what it is to be a mother and a friend, and, above all, what it takes to heal from unthinkable loss.
 

About Meg Wolitzer

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Meg Wolitzer is the author of eight previous novels, including The Ten-Year Nap, The Position, and The Wife. Her short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize. She lives in New York City.
 
Published August 24, 2010 by Scribner. 244 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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A weepy account of a young woman's accidental death and its effect on her family and friends, by the author of Friends for Life (1994), etc. Sara Swerdlow is not what you—d call a slacker, but she's definitely taken her own sweet time in finding herself.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Surrender, Dorothy: A Novel

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Each of Wolitzer's novels (Friends for Life, etc.) has demonstrated this young writer's growing grasp of narrative technique. Here, her seamless prose and light touch animates an exquisitely wrought s

Mar 29 1999 | Read Full Review of Surrender, Dorothy: A Novel

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