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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" A girl becomes a comma like that, with wrong boy after wrong boy, she becomes a pause, something quick before the real thing." Its so true. This is a story about the struggles that women go through ... Read full review

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This is a book that shows how vulnerable women are who are in emotional pain. Their sexuality is used as a cessation of the pain and an understanding of their places in life. The men they encounter ... Read full review

Contents

Dirk or Derrick or Dick
3
The Clinic That Ella Built
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Creatures
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Copyright

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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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