A Girl Becomes a Comma Like That: A Novel

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Simon & Schuster, Jun 6, 2005 - Fiction - 304 pages
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Rachel Spark is an irreverent, sexually eager, financially unstable thirty-year-old college instructor who moves back home when her mother is diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. As she tries to ease her mother, a perpetually cheerful woman, toward the inevitable, Rachel turns from one man to the next -- sometimes comically, sometimes catastrophically -- as if her own survival depended upon it.
Ella Bloom, an adult student in Rachel's poetry class, has aspirations beyond her work at a local family planning clinic. But she spends her nights wondering why her husband kissed one of her colleagues and whether it will lead to a full-fledged affair. She is also preoccupied with one of her repeat patients, Georgia, a teenager whose frequent clinic visits speak volumes. What they all have in common is their desire for love, despite its many obstacles.
A Girl Becomes a Comma Like That is a novel rife with wit and compassion. A provocative, assured new voice in literary fiction, Lisa Glatt eyes the yardsticks by which we constantly measure our world and ourselves -- devotion, lust, forgiveness, and courage.

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Dark, but very well written, with poetic prose. - Goodreads
A book club selection...kind of depressing. - Goodreads
Glatt is an amazing writer, and this book is delicious. - Goodreads

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Long time on my TBR pile, I finally picked this one up. Rather strange mother - daughter story... not really a keeper for me. Read full review

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I'm counting this as a stoop book but really I took it from the "lending library" at my little resort in Mexico (and I'm probably leaving it here on the bus now that I'm done). I think this might be a ... Read full review


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Lisa Glatt was the winner of the 2002 Mississippi Review Prize for fiction. Her work has appeared in various publications, including Columbia, Other Voices, Indiana Review, and Swink. She lives in Long Beach, California, with her husband, the poet David Hernandez. Visit her website at www.lisaglatt.com.

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