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Nothing comes easily to Sophie Applebaum, the black sheep of her family trying to blend in with the herd. Uneasily situated between two brothers, Sophie first appears as the fulcrum and observer of her clan in "Boss of the World." Then, at college, in "The Toy Bar," she faces a gauntlet of challenges as Best Friend to the dramatic and beautiful Venice Lambourne, curator of "perfect things." In her early twenties, Sophie is dazzled by the possibilities of New York City during the Selectric typewriter era--only to land solidly back in Surrey, PA after her father's death.
The Wonder Spot follows Sophie's quest for her own identity--who she is, what she loves, whom she loves, and occasionally whom she feels others should love--over the course of 25 years. In an often-disappointing world, Sophie listens closely to her own heart. And when she experiences her 'Aha ' moments--her own personal wonder spots--it's the real thing. In this tremendous follow-up to The Girls' Guide To Hunting And Fishing, Bank again shares her vast talent for capturing a moment, taking it to heart, and giving it back to her readers.
The Wonder Spot
Bank, the best-selling author of The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing, returns with a charming and hilarious coming-of-age novel sure to please fans of her previous book. Sophie Applebaum, the narrative's main character, survives an angst-ridden adolescence in Surrey, Pennsylvania, then escapes to New York City, where she hopes to succeed as an editor. Needless to say, Sophie encounters some difficulties along the way as she adjusts to life in the big leagues. Bank begins the novel with a
thoroughly appealing account of Sophie's teenage years in a middle-class Jewish family. A typical teenager, she grows up with two brothers, an introverted father and a good-hearted, traditional grandmother whose first concern is that Sophie find a suitable husband. After college, Sophie embarks on a new life in Manhattan, and her romantic entanglements, her attempts to enter the world of publishing, and the changes that affect her family back homeher mother has an affair; her grandmother slowly becomes senileall cohere to form a wise, accomplished novel that's even stronger than Bank's first work. Not just another narrative for the 20-something generation, this is a lively, original book in which the author's considerable skills as a writer are fully on display.
A reading group guide is included in the book.