Reading Frenzy

Monday, April 03, 2006

Reality Show Addicts

Lost and Found by Carolyn Parkhurst

Okay, I confess. I haven't read this. It doesn't even come out til mid-June. But how can those of us addicted to reality shows resist?

"Parkhurst's lauded debut, The Dogs of Babel (2003), which centered on a man struggling to come to terms with the death of his young wife, struck a chord with readers, and her follow-up, a humorous and touching send-up of reality shows, is bound to please as well. The novel focuses on several characters competing on an Amazing Race-like reality show called Lost and Found, where teams of two travel from destination to destination following enigmatic clues and collecting various items in hopes of winning the game. Laura wants to connect with her sullen teenage daughter, Cassie, after a traumatic experience highlighted the distance between them. Justin and Abby believe they have cast off their homosexual urges in favor of a traditional Christian marriage, but the game offers unexpected tests for their resolution. Carl and Jeff are two middle-aged, recently divorced brothers looking for adventure. Juliet and Dallas are former child stars seeking to recapture fame and willing to do just about anything to achieve that end. Emotional confrontations, suppressed desires, and unexpected connections surprise the various contestants as they continue to play a game that is starting to disgust them. Thoroughly original and inventive, peopled with engaging characters, and just plain fun, this second novel deserves to be as big a hit as the reality shows it genially pokes fun at." -- Booklist, starred review

Request for purchase, no doubt about it!


At 9:59 PM, Blogger ~ nellenelle said...

rofl, reality shows? Ayeeeeeeee!!!

Now I must confess to being extremely agitated at AI tonight...


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