The Book of Dahlia: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 11, 2008 - Fiction - 256 pages
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From the author of the critically acclaimed story collection How This Night Is Different comes a dark, arresting, fearlessly funny story of one young woman's terminal illness. In The Book of Dahlia, Elisa Albert walks a dazzling line between gravitas and irreverence, mining an exhilarating blend of skepticism and curiosity, compassion and candor, high and low culture.

Meet Dahlia Finger: twenty-nine, depressed, whip-smart, occasionally affable, bracingly honest, resolutely single, and perennially unemployed. She spends her days stoned in front of the TV, watching the same movies repeatedly, like "a form of prayer." But Dahlia's so-called life is upended by an aggressive, inoperable brain tumor.

Stunned and uncomprehending, Dahlia must work toward reluctant emotional reckoning with the aid of a questionable self-help guide. She obsessively revisits the myriad heartbreaks, disappointments, rages, and regrets that comprise the story of her life -- from her parents' haphazard Israeli courtship to her kibbutz conception; from the role of beloved daughter and little sister to that of abandoned, suicidal adolescent; from an affluent childhood in Los Angeles to an aimless existence in the gentrified wilds of Brooklyn; from a girl with "options" to a girl with none -- convinced that cancer struck because she herself is somehow at fault.

With her take-no-prisoners perspective, her depressive humor, and her extreme vulnerability, Dahlia Finger is an unforgettable anti-heroine. This staggering portrait of one young woman's life and death confirms Elisa Albert as a "witty, incisive" (Variety) and even "wonder-inducing" writer (Time Out New York).

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User Review  - Pam Gary - Goodreads

I'm a breast cancer patient; and I thank-you for writing an honest story about the emotions of cancer. Elisa Albert has either experienced cancer herself or with someone she is close to, or she did a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jay Ensley - Goodreads

How did Elisa Albert do it? How did she make the story of the end of a wasted life break my heart? Let me count the ways: First, she establishes an authentic voice. Dahlia becomes the fear most of us ... Read full review

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Largehearted Boy: Book Notes - Elisa Albert ("The Book of Dahlia")
The Book of Dahlia emerged from its packing envelope to brandish its cranberry front sleeve garnished by a die-cut flower. Chick lit? Romance? ... blog/ archive/ 2008/ 03/ book_notes_elis.html

A book about dying - Haaretz - Israel News
Be warned: "The Book of Dahlia" is not the kind of book in which a girl gets an incurable brain tumor and learns an important lesson. ... hasen/ pages/ ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=961211

'Book of Dahlia' bleak and brilliant
While Elisa Albert's darkly brilliant first novel, "The Book of Dahlia," may well ... "The Book of Dahlia" has a deceptively simple plot: A young woman, ... cgi-bin/ article.cgi?f=/ c/ a/ 2008/ 03/ 21/ RV7OV1T3G.DTL& type=books

The Book of Dahlia: Good, or Just Jewish? |
Subhead (DEK) (Oh, who are we kidding, of course it’s good!) Author(s) Izzy Grinspan Pages (multi-part) Lead Image for Header Body Not chick lit: dahlianot ... post/ book_dahlia_good_or_just_jewish - Fiction: Untimely Death, Without the Shiny Bow
THE BOOK OF DAHLIA By Elisa Albert 259 pages. Free Press. $23. Books about death and dying tend to fall into two distinct categories: those that are weighty ... fiction/ index/ FI_Weinman_Albert.htm

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About the author: Elisa Albert is the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Book of Dahlia, out in March from Free Press, and How This Night Is ... fiction/ lastline010708

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Elisa Albert, the acclaimed author of the short story collection “How This Night is Different,” has just published her first novel, “The Book of Dahlia.” ... books/ ?p=1203

Time Out New York: The Book of Dahlia
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WNYC - The Leonard Lopate Show: The Book of Dahlia (April 04, 2008)
Elisa Albert’s debut novel is The Book of Dahlia. The main character, Dahlia, is a 29-year-old pot-smoking underachiever who finds out she has brain cancer. ... ~r/ wnyc_lopate/ ~3/ 263741601/ 96241

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About the author (2008)

Elisa Albert is the author of the short story collection How This Night is Different and the novel The Book of Dahlia.  She has taught creative writing at Columbia University and is currently Writer-in-Residence at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in Holland.

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