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Multiple choice : a novel, Claire Cook

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Multiple choice : a novel
Title
Multiple choice
Title remainder
a novel
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Claire Cook
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Language
eng
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Review
  • After getting her daughter, Olivia, off to the local university, March decides to complete her own degree in something “exotic and multisyllabic.” Unable to wangle her way out of the required internship, March selects a position at a local radio station and at the first intern meeting discovers Olivia, another intern. Mother and daughter can now fight again on a daily basis and do so to the delight of the station staff. Their squabbling leads to hosting a radio show. March’s life is full of other frustrations. Her thoughtless husband complains about household tasks and forgets to tune in to March and Olivia’s show. Her best friend won’t let March live down a kitty-litter-in-the-oven incident. A sweet and humorous suburban domestic comedy with likable characters will have readers firmly in March’s corner. However, they may be left wondering when March will finally grow the backbone that threatens to emerge in every chapter (and make things interesting) and feel let down by an ending that just appears. -- Kaite Mediatore (BookList, 07-01-2004, p1816)
  • A midlife back-to-school adventure propels a suburban housewife into an unlikely radio career in Cook's third novel, set on the South Shore of Massachusetts. March Monroe is the spunky protagonist who left college life behind to marry a civil engineer named Jeff and raise a daughter and son while working as an aerobics instructor, party planner and finally a life coach. With Olivia off to college and Jackson not far behind, March finally takes her husband up on his longstanding offer to send her back to school. The degree requires an internship, and when March explores her limited options she finds herself inadvertently working together with Olivia as fellow interns at a local radio station. Exploiting the friction between March and Olivia, handsome programming director David Callahan proposes that the two do a mother-daughter call-in show that quickly takes off and becomes popular. Cook wrings some humor out of family life, March's mild flirtation with Callahan and the back-to-school experience. But the story meanders, detouring into asides about family pets, the generation gap, the stresses of being overscheduled and other typical suburban family disasters. Despite (or because of) the stabs at domestic insight, the cluttered result reads like warmed-over Erma Bombeck. Agent, Lisa Bankoff. 5-city author tour. (July) --Staff (Reviewed May 31, 2004) (Publishers Weekly, vol 251, issue 22, p49)
  • Second novel from the author of Ready to Fall (2000), this time a low-wattage domestic comedy about a woman adjusting to her first-born's freshman year in college.Boston suburbanite March Monroe dropped out of college over 20 years ago to follow her then boyfriend/now husband Jeff to grad school, and she's led a comfortable domestic life ever since, running typical women's businesses (party planner, exercise trainer, life coach) and raising Olivia and Jackson. Now that Olivia is starting her freshman year at BU, March follows Jeff's suggestion and enrolls at the local community college as a returning student. As part of her college curriculum, March takes on an internship at a local radio station. Who should March run into her first day at WQBM but Olivia, also applying for an internship. Olivia acts less than thrilled to see Mom, especially since March has neglected to mention that she's back in school. Many readers, women in particular, will find March's narration both annoyingly whiny and self-congratulatory. For all her good-natured complaining, her life is pretty TV-sitcom-perfect. Sure there are annoyances: The family pets get sick; Jackson eats junk food; Jeff doesn't listen as well as he could, though better than most (plus he buys groceries and gives neck rubs). As for Olivia, there are no lurking problems with sex, drinking, or even identity crises—unless you count a wisdom tooth inflammation. That she's aloof from, and easily embarrassed by, March doesn't make for great drama. The plot, such as it is, centers on the mother-daughter radio show March and Olivia end up hosting for a good-looking radio producer with whom March carries on a very mild and brief flirtation. Each chapter begins with a cutesy multiple-choice quiz joke on mothers: hence the title.Mothers of 18-year-olds may smile in recognition occasionally, but this is really weak. (Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2004)
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124860
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1955-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cook, Claire
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Community college students
  • Women college students
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Middle-aged women
  • Massachusetts
Label
Multiple choice : a novel, Claire Cook
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Publication
Extent
244 p.
Isbn
9780451214881
Isbn Type
(Pbk.)
Lccn
2004059101
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780451214881
  • (OCoLC)56840436
Label
Multiple choice : a novel, Claire Cook
Publication
Extent
244 p.
Isbn
9780451214881
Isbn Type
(Pbk.)
Lccn
2004059101
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780451214881
  • (OCoLC)56840436

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