The Unexpected Salami: A Novel

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Algonquin Books, 1999 - Fiction - 296 pages
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An aging band on the verge, the Tall Poppies were still looking for their big break in the crapshoot known as the music business. So when their drummer was gunned down right in the middle of the video - and the murder caught on camera - they weren't too unhappy about seeing themselves on TV screens all around the world. Our heroine, Rachel Ganelli, self-confessed band moll (and witness to the shooting), had headed for Australia to escape a pending marriage, a mundane job, and her endlessly meddling parents. But finding herself on the perimeter of the murder, she heeds her mother's advice, just this once, and returns to New York, where life is more predictable. Or so she expects. Before she even has time to take a deep breath of city air, Rachel's sense of what really happened back in Australia spins wildly out of control - and Rachel's life right along with it.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Writer-film producer Shapiro's engagingly breezy first novel describes, in parallel first-person narratives, the cultural collision of a sort of Out-of-Australia, feisty American woman and the Aussie ... Read full review

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User Review  - debrann - LibraryThing

This was a fun, quick read about a woman in her twenties who runs away from New York to live in Australia for two years. The main character is a selfish woman who is always thinking about herself--but ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Laurie Gwen Shapiro is a native Manhattanite. Her resume includes time as a sex call screener for Dr. Ruth Westheimer, and as Peter Jennings's assistant at a publishing company. She now works full-time writing fiction and screenplays and coproducing independent films, including The McCourts of Limerick and Once When I Was a Cannibal. She's currently writing the screenplay for The Unexpected Salami which has been optioned for a film by Radical Media.

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