The Quality of Life Report by meghan daum

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In The Quality of Life Report, Daum picks up on a timely theme and embodies it to perfection in the persona of Lucinda Trout.

Jaded by a life of eating from plastic containers, dodging the feng shui in her boss's office, and reporting on thong underwear as a lifestyle correspondent for New York morning television, the thirtyish Trout is ripe for escape. So when the rent on her tiny mouse-ridden apartment doubles overnight, she heads for Prairie City, USA, to feed her own and every New Yorker's heartland fantasy in dispatches tagged "The Quality of Life Report." "Real life" is what Lucinda's after-and, if possible, a man who knows how to wield a hammer. Fantasy becomes reality (in Prairie City, deviled eggs are a delicacy and fake nails are de rigueur); but reality has surprises up its sleeve. It takes Lucinda through an epiphany and an unlikely romance in a tale that is redemptive, wickedly witty, and heartbreaking all at once.
 

About meghan daum

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Meghan Daum, author of the essay collection "My Misspent Youth," has contributed to numerous publications that include "The New Yorker," "Harper's," "Vanity Fair," "Vogue," "O," "GQ," and "Glamour," as well as to National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" and "This American Life," She was also, for three years, a columnist for "Self,
 
Published January 1, 2003 by RB Large Print. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books. Fiction

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A half-successful debut novel from essayist Daum (My Misspent Youth, 2001) follows a lifestyle-obsessed Manhattan TV producer as she relocates to a bland midwestern prairie town.

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Daum's winning first novel (after the 2000 essay collection My Misspent Youth) depicts the transformation of Lucinda Trout from a semisuccessful, 29-year-old

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The heroine of Meghan Daum's novel, a TV reporter in New York, moves to the Midwest in search of the good life.

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Daum's winning first novel (after the 2000 essay collection My Misspent Youth) depicts the transformation of Lucinda Trout from a semisuccessful, 29-year-old New York City television morning-show reporter into a full-blown Midwesterner.

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