Secret Confessions of the Applewood PTA: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Aug 1, 2006 - Fiction - 310 pages
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At once tender and hilarious, this captivating story turns suburbia upside down, revealing the inner lives of three characters who have more humor, heartache, and heat than one PTA can hold

When a Hollywood location scout comes to Applewood, Long Island, and announces that the local elementary school might make the perfect backdrop for an upcoming George Clooney movie, the PTA's decorum crumbles like a cookie from last week's bake sale.

Enter Maddie, Ruth, and Lisa, three women who become the glue that holds the project together . . . and wind up forging a bond of friendship stronger than anyone could imagine.

A good thing, too, because each one of them is about to come apart. Maddie Schein, an ex-lawyer trying hard to fit in and save her marriage, gets knocked off balance by Jack Rose, an old college friend hell-bent on seducing her. Ruth Moss—rich, sexy, and outspoken—has more to give and less to enjoy than most people think. Indeed, since her husband's stroke left him embarrassingly uninhibited yet completely impotent, she's more of a caretaker than a wife. And modest Lisa Slotnick, a loving parent who wants nothing more than to fade into the scenery as she tends to her children, must deal with the humiliation of being thrust into the spotlight by her scandalous, alcoholic mother.

When these three get together, a powerful alliance is formed. But is it strong enough to overcome the obstacles to getting the movie made in their town? And will their friendship be enough to mend their hearts and homes? Join them as they reach for the stars . . . and try to pull off a Hollywood ending of their own.

 

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SECRET CONFESSIONS OF THE APPLEWOOD PTA

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Three conflicted housewives in Applewood, Long Island, long for something more fulfilling than what their families and their membership in the local PTA offer.The Applewood elementary school is going ... Read full review

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The cover of Ellen Meister's debut novel has a Lichtenstein-inspired tongue-in-cheek rendering of four women standing before a backdrop of Suburbia, USA. The woman in the foreground has a thought ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
12
Section 4
24
Section 5
39
Section 6
53
Section 7
66
Section 8
78
Section 17
188
Section 18
200
Section 19
213
Section 20
225
Section 21
237
Section 22
250
Section 23
265
Section 24
276

Section 9
90
Section 10
100
Section 11
111
Section 12
123
Section 13
135
Section 14
148
Section 15
160
Section 16
175
Section 25
289
Section 26
294
Section 27
300
Section 28
304
Section 29
307
Section 30
311
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About the author (2006)

A former advertising copywriter, Ellen Meister left the business world behind to raise a family and chase her fiction-writing dreams. She lives on Long Island with her husband and three children. This is her second novel.

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