Courting Disaster

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Zoland Books, 1999 - Fiction - 277 pages
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By taking Tolstoy's famous dictum that every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way, and bending it to the service of the black-comic, Southern neo-gothic novel, Julie Edelson creates an extended, inspired riff on the lure of chaos, and the necessity of order. At the center of Courting Disaster are the DiPietro's, a family whose every member is badly, deeply in need of redemption, and each of whom holds dear the conceit -- so popular in our age of therapy -- that we actually can live for the moment. Angie and Joe DiPietro, having lost a child to Reye's syndrome, have constructed a life built on well-worn, carefully mapped fault lines. Angie in the last ten years has hopscotched from one affair to another, and taken comfort in the long, boozy phone calls late at night to her best old girlfriend in California. Joe, a small town attorney, has buried himself in his work, and only lately roused himself to begin an affair of his own. Meanwhile, their teenage daughter Tess has lately embarked on a series of misadventures with cars, boys, and running away from home. All of it comes crashing down in the course of one frenzied, turbulent, but hilarious Thanksgiving week.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Love and life, death and the law—all mix and match in this freewheeling southern comedy from Edelson (Bad Housekeeping, 1995, etc.), as a family warped by tragedy careens toward a catastrophe in the ... Read full review


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Julie Edelson teaches at Wake Forest University.

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