LITERACY AND LONGING IN L.A.
JENNIFER KAUFMAN & KAREN MACK
ISBN# (10): 0-385-34018-4/ (13): 978-0-385-34018-2
Delta (Bantam Dell Publishing Group/Random House)
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
$12.00 U.S./$15.00 Canada
Rating: 4 Cups
Dora is short for Endora Welty. She collects books the way her girlfriends buy designer handbags. Even though she and her sister, Virginia, are closer now, there are some days Dora prefers to be alone.
Virginia feels that Dora needs to find someone. She is happy with husband, Andy and their baby daughter and feels there has to be someone out there for Dora. No one knows Dora like she does.
Growing up, Dora’s dad was the owner of a textile mill, a self-made millionaire, not always around. He did enjoy being the star of events. Her mother, on the other hand, was the opposite. If her mother was not hitting the bottle, she was reading books. After their father left them, her sister, Virginia became their caretaker. Years later, Virginia has moved to L.A., and she and Dora are closer. Dora is trying to come to terms with her divorce with Palmer, since he has moved on and found someone else. She happens to meet Fred in the bookstore, casually giving her the eye, while he assembles some books for a book club. Fred is appealing in a sort of untrustworthy, Southern gentlemanly sort of way. Then again looks can be quite deceiving. While dating, Dora is able to meet Fred’s mother, Bea, and they immediately become friends. Bea has a quiet self-effacing watchful quality about her that Dora admires. Dora forms a friendship with Bea, and Harper, the young daughter of Fred’s troubled sister. As Dora faces many troubles weighing in her mind with men, books and her mother, to name a few, Bea becomes an angel to her as Dora tries to understand life.
I must say, Literary and Longing in L.A. took me by surprise. I found Dora to be like many individuals that one can relate. From her childhood days of growing up with a workaholic dad who loved to be the center of attention, to her mother’s turn to the bottle, who never craved the star-studded excitement, the reader can almost share in the emotions that Dora experiences in her years. I love it when she and Virginia get together, in their humorous conversations. A moment that caught my eye was when Dora spoke of caring for her dad when he was sick, and found the items she had written that he had saved. That little piece was such a priceless moment. I loved how Jennifer Kaufman & Karen Mack gave insight to Dora and her family. Their remarkable work takes hold and embraces the reader with loving arms. At first Dora may appear to come off as not all that likeable, but once you get to really know the real Dora, it is hard to let her go in this fabulous read.
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