The Shadow of Desire by Rebecca Stowe

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Ginger Moore is our guide in this closely observed, wickedly funny novel. She is a thirty-eight-year-old academic and biographer of obscure women long since dead, who had talent but never lived up to their abilities and she has quietly made her name from these books. She is also involved with a comedian who uses her as a character in his act ("I go to bed with my girlfriend . . . and wake up with Alistair Cooke"). She is on her annual Christmas trip home to a family whose tradition is watching Psycho together. During this stay, she will finally understand the lives of her own family and the incident that led to their inward collapses.
 

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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
 
Published January 1, 1997 by Norton.
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ginger's 41-year old brother, Cease (for Cecil), is bitter, sardonic, consumed by his hatred for his mother, secretly blaming himself for both his brother's death and his mother's retreat into booze.

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Ginger Moore, a 38-year-old divorced academic, slogs her way out of New York City, where she's often the butt of her stand-up comedian lover's jokes (""I go to bed with my girlfriend...

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