George & Lizzie

George & Lizzie

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"George and Lizzie have radically different understandings of what love and marriage should be. George grew up in a warm and loving family--his father an orthodontist, his mother a stay-at-home mom--while Lizzie grew up as the only child of two famous psychologists, who viewed her more as an in-house experiment than a child to love. Over the course of their marriage, nothing has changed--George is happy; Lizzie remains ... unfulfilled. When a shameful secret from Lizzie's past resurfaces, she'll need to face her fears in order to accept the true nature of the relationship she and George have built over a decade together. With pitch-perfect prose and compassion and humor to spare, George and Lizzie is an intimate story of new and past loves, the scars of childhood, and an imperfect marriage at its defining moments"--
Publisher: New York :, Touchstone,, 2017
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501162893
1501162896
9781501162909
150116290X
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 278 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: George and Lizzie

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shfrbrown
Oct 06, 2017

There are some funny lines in the book. I almost did not go past 50 pages. I usually like books that go back and forth between the past and present. This one seemed confusing. Maybe it was the football stuff. There appears to be a message in the book but you have to read 'til the end.

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wodebaobei
Oct 02, 2017

Drug taking and having sex with a football team? Not just one player but the whole team? Gee! Somehow this does not surprise me. Thanks for the commentary/review. I won't be reading Nancy's latest.

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spiderfelt_0
Sep 29, 2017

There is no doubt that Nancy Pearl is a local treasure, recommending books for every taste and persuasion. I have loved listening to her on KUOW. When I saw she was publishing a book, I pumped my fist. Go Nancy! Congratulations for trying something new, for branching out and taking a risk.

With all of the advance promotion and anticipation, I was sorely disappointed by this book. I'm not sure what sort of story I was expecting, but it certainly wasn't a young woman trying to bury her sorrows with alcohol and drug use after deciding to have sex with her high school football team as a 'game'. As Nancy herself suggests, if a book doesn't grab you in the first 50 pages, you should walk away. I pushed the book away and then looked around for honest reviews. This seems to be a case of the Emperor Wears No Clothes. If it wasn't for Pearl's rock-star status, would this book have made it to publication?

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wclsfolif
Sep 17, 2017

Great KUOW interview, if you have not heard it.
http://kuow.org/term/nancy-pearl

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stephaniedchase
Jul 04, 2017

GEORGE & LIZZIE is a book for readers who love characters. Imperfect -- and confused -- Lizzie will jump out at you from the beginning, and whether you immediately love her, as I did, or hate her, you must give her a chance, for along the way, you'll meet the wonderful Marla and James, and George's fantastic parents, Lizzie's not-so-fantastic parents, and George, of course.

Nancy Pearl talks about writing the kind of story she likes to read, and she's certainly written the kind I like to read as well: complex, messy characters who make choices in spite of themselves, writing and language full of energy, and an exploration of deep, long-time friendship. I was also pleasantly surprised at how pitch-perfect Pearl writes about Generation X; I went in, having read the "marriage at a crossroads" description, expecting to read about characters much older than George and Lizzie are, and I loved to instead see characters struggling through the same kinds of societal and generational challenges that I did. It is also to me not as much a story about a marriage as it is about choices and the tales we tell ourselves. I only wish I could have spent more time with George and Lizzie.

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