I had vowed, as they say, at long last to get a grip. On my demons. On my nemesis. On her. Her is Adrienne. A maddeningly significant other. On the Delta shuttle between New York and Washington, Rachel finds herself sitting next to Donald - six foot six, with dark wavy hair, a big easy smile. And no wife. No kids. Just a dog and an ex-girlfriend, ...
I had vowed, as they say, at long last to get a grip. On my demons. On my nemesis. On her. Her is Adrienne. A maddeningly significant other. On the Delta shuttle between New York and Washington, Rachel finds herself sitting next to Donald - six foot six, with dark wavy hair, a big easy smile. And no wife. No kids. Just a dog and an ex-girlfriend, ex-fiancee-e actually, called Adrienne. Adrienne granted Donald full custody of the dog. It was an amicable separation. They were still in touch-For Rachel the ex is like the Chinese water torture. Drip by drip Adrienne is driving her into a state of frenzied insecurity - particularly as Rachel's April wedding date to Donald is almost upon her.
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Publishers Weekly, 2002-04-15 Zigman's third novel, a wild tale of a woman's "transformation... from bride-to-be to madwoman" is for anyone who's ever felt prewedding jitters and the pangs of obsessive jealousy. Having left her job at a teen magazine in New York City to pursue a quieter life in Washington, D.C., Zigman's narrator, Elise, meets her perfect guy Donald, a reformed bond trader now teaching English at Sidwell Friends on the Delta shuttle. Or her almost perfect guy. Donald's one fault is that he was engaged to Adrienne, and her name crops up in just about every conversation. Though Donald and Elise swiftly fall in love and begin planning their wedding, Elise cannot help obsessing over the brilliant and "horrifyingly gorgeous" former fiance. But like the paranoiac who is being followed, Elise may have good reason to be jealous. Only months before the wedding, Adrienne takes a job in Washington, D.C., and reinserts herself into Donald's life, fueling Elise's jealousy as well as a slapstick plot having to do with Donald's dog, Elise's wedding dress and liposuction. Zigman is better at caricature than characterization, and her emphatic, read-aloud style sometimes falls flat on the page. Yet some scenes when Donald meets Elise, for instance are fresh and smart and almost perfect, as are many of her one-liners. (May) Forecast: Zigman's Animal Husbandry was made into the movie Someone Like You (starring Ashley Judd), and Her, which smacks of My Best Friend's Wedding and other zany takes on upcoming nuptials, is begging to be sent to Hollywood, too. Zigman who's as zippy with the one-liners in conversation as she is in writing will plug her book on NPR and Today, and these appearances, plus certain attention in women's magazines, will win her new fans. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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