The Lion is In by Delia Ephron

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Although the life-affirming message is hardly subtle, Ephron delivers it with finesse.


“‘There are no miracles,” says Rita …. ‘Miracles are simply misunderstandings. Or worse, cons.’” –The Lion Is In

Tracee is a runaway bride and kleptomaniac. Lana’s an audacious beauty, a recovering alcoholic. Rita is a holy-roller minister’s wife, desperate to escape her marriage. One warm summer’s night, these three women go on the lam together. Their car breaks down on a rural highway in North Carolina and they’re forced to seek shelter in a seemingly abandoned nightclub. Which is where they meet Marcel. And soon everything changes. Marcel, you see, is a lion.

Written with the deftness, humor, and sparkling wit that mark her books, plays, and movies, Delia Ephron’s The Lion Is In is an unforgettable story of friendship, courage, love—and learning to salsa with the king of the jungle.

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About Delia Ephron

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DELIA EPHRON is a bestselling author and screenwriter. Her movies include The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, You've Got Mail (starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan), Hanging Up (based on her novel), and Michael. She has written novels for adults and teenagers, books of humor, including How to Eat Like a Child, and essays. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, O The Oprah Magazine, Vogue, MORE, and The Huffington Post. Recently, she collaborated with Nora Ephron on a play, Love, Loss, and What I Wore, which ran for two years off-Broadway and has been performed all over the world, including Paris, Rio de Janeiro, and Sydney.
Published March 29, 2012 by Plume. 296 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Mar 19 2012

Although the life-affirming message is hardly subtle, Ephron delivers it with finesse.

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Reviewed by Sheila Feeney on Apr 22 2012 engaging feminist romance from which the reader emerges with a welcome mood boost. Twinkling with wit and warmth, it also packs a moral punch.

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Reviewed by Laura Reiley on Mar 25 2012

This is the first adult novel Ephron has written in a decade, and it's rife with the visual humor and easy metaphors... of YA fiction.

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