Zoo Time

Zoo Time

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Novelist Guy Ableman is in thrall to his vivacious wife Vanessa, a strikingly beautiful red-head, contrary, highly strung and blazingly angry. The trouble is, he is no less in thrall to her alluring mother, Poppy. More like sisters than mother and daughter, they come as a pair, a blistering presence that destroys Guy's peace of mind, suggesting the wildest stories but making it impossible for him to concentrate long enough to write any of them.

Not that anyone reads Guy anyway. Not that anyone is reading anything. Reading, Guy fears, is finished. His publisher, fearing the same, has committed suicide. His agent, like all agents, is in hiding. Vanessa, in the meantime, is writing a novel of her own. Guy doesn't expect her to finish it, or even start it, but he dreads the consequences if she does.

In flight from personal disappointment and universal despair, Guy wonders if it's time to take his love for Poppy to another level. Fiction might be dead, but desire isn't. And out of that desire he imagines squeezing one more great book.

By turns angry, elegiac, and rude, Zoo Time is a novel about love-love of women, love of literature, love of laughter. It shows our funniest writer at his brilliant best.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2012.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed. --
ISBN: 9781608199389
160819938X
Characteristics: 375 p. :,ill.

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ChristchurchLib Dec 17, 2012

"Worried that books - and book reading - are a thing of the past, novelist Guy Ableman is struggling with his literary career. His publicist disdains his proposals, his publisher wants him to write story apps for smart phones, and his attraction to his mother-in-law (the topic of his current novel) is spiraling out of control. A fiery redhead (just like her daughter), she's the subject of most of his literary (and otherwise) fantasies - but all he can do is write about her. A "humorous, satiric look at modern relationships" (Library Journal), not to mention book publishing and a writer's mental state, this clever novel will appeal to readers who ponder publishing's future." Fiction A to Z December 2012 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=580458

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