Ellen Meister Farewell, Dorothy Parker

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Farewell, Dorothy Parker

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When it comes to movie critics Violet Epps is a powerhouse voice. Equally unafraid of big Hollywood names and public opinion, her biting reviews are widely quoted.But when it comes to her own life, Violet finds herself unable to speak up paralyzed by crippling social anxiety. When a chance encounter at the famous Algonquin Hotel unleashes the feisty spirit of the long-dead Dorothy Parker, the famous literary critic of the 1920s, Violet thinks she is going crazy. But as the rematerialized Mrs. Parker helps her face her fears, Violet realizes how much she has been missing by keeping quiet. It turns out though, that the shade has problems of her own, not the least of which include equal portions of narcissism and pessimism and the inability to move on to her afterlife. "

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"Magical fun." --"Booklist"
"[Meister] reveals the pathos behind the pith, and she instructs readers about the enduring legacy of a writer who produced not just 'scathing reviews, clever jokes, quotable poetry, and insightful short stories' but also championed social causes. Classic Parker zingers sprinkled throughout the novel add sparkle."--"Washington Post"
"Meister honors Dorothy Parker, her still-fresh political convictions, and her body of witty, insightful work in this very nice literary romp.... Parker was the perfect New Yorker: sharp, witty and eminently quotable. And it is clear that Meister had a lot of responsible fun paying tribute to her."--"Bookreporter"
"Meister skillfully translates the rapier-like wit of the Algonquin Round Table to modern-day New York ... [with] pathos, nuanced characters, plenty of rapid-fire one-liners, and a heart-rending denouement."--"Publishers Weekly"
"This funny yet tender homage...resurrects the iconic wit of the literary legend...Breezy and engaging...complete with Parkeresque banter."--"Library Journal"
""Farewell, Dorothy Parker "is a delightful haunting. How wonderful to have the renowned wit--America's wisegirl--as resident ghost and adviser.... Ellen Meister's new novel is smart and fun."--Susan Isaacs, "New York Times "bestselling author of "As Husbands Go"
"Gone four decades and still missed, Dorothy Parker now has a starring role in Ellen Meister's delicious new novel. No doubt Mrs. Parker, wherever she is, must be smiling." --Marion Meade, author of "Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This?"
"In "Farewell, Dorothy Parker," Ellen Meister provides refreshing insight into Mrs. Parker as a wit, civil rights advocate, and writer. Both of this bitchin' novel's main characters--Violet and Dorothy--can visit me any time."--Mark Ebner, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Hollywood, Interrupted"
"What bliss to be in the company of a reimagined Dorothy Parker! Ellen Meister's wonderful novel delivers the wit, ingenuity and elegiac sass worthy of the Algonquin Table's most quoted member. Long live Dorothy Parker and her zingers, resurrected so winningly in these pages."
--Elinor Lipman author of "The Family Man"

"Magical fun." --"Booklist"
"[Meister] reveals the pathos behind the pith, and she instructs readers about the enduring legacy of a writer who produced not just 'scathing reviews, clever jokes, quotable poetry, and insightful short stories' but also championed social causes. Classic Parker zingers sprinkled throughout the novel add sparkle."--"Washington Post"
"Meister honors Dorothy Parker, her still-fresh political convictions, and her body of witty, insightful work in this very nice literary romp.... Parker was the perfect New Yorker: sharp, witty and eminently quotable. And it is clear that Meister had a lot of responsible fun paying tribute to her."--"Bookreporter"
"Meister skillfully translates the rapier-like wit of the Algonquin Round Table to modern-day New York ... [with] pathos, nuanced characters, plenty of rapid-fire one-liners, and a heart-rending denouement."--"Publishers Weekly"
"This funny yet tender homage...resurrects the iconic wit of the literary legend...Breezy and engaging...complete with Parkeresque banter."--"Library Journal"
""Farewell, Dorothy Parker "is a delightful haunting. How wonderful to have the renowned wit--America's wisegirl--as resident ghost and adviser.... Ellen Meister's new novel is smart and fun."--Susan Isaacs, "New York Times "bestselling author of "As Husbands Go"
"Gone four decades and still missed, Dorothy Parker now has a starring role in Ellen Meister's delicious new novel. No doubt Mrs. Parker, wherever she is, must be smiling." --Marion Meade, author of "Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This?"
"In "Farewell, Dorothy Parker," Ellen Meister provides refreshing insight into Mrs. Parker as a wit, civil rights advocate, and writer. Both of this bitchin' novel's main characters--Violet and Dorothy--can visit me any time."--Mark Ebner, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Hollywood, Interrupted"
"What bliss to be in the company of a reimagined Dorothy Parker! Ellen Meister's wonderful novel delivers the wit, ingenuity and elegiac sass worthy of the Algonquin Table's most quoted member. Long live Dorothy Parker and her zingers, resurrected so winningly in these pages."
--Elinor Lipman author of "The Family Man"

"Magical fun. "Booklist"
[Meister] reveals the pathos behind the pith, and she instructs readers about the enduring legacy of a writer who produced not just scathing reviews, clever jokes, quotable poetry, and insightful short stories but also championed social causes. Classic Parker zingers sprinkled throughout the novel add sparkle. "Washington Post"
"Meister honors Dorothy Parker, her still-fresh political convictions, and her body of witty, insightful work in this very nice literary romp.... Parker was the perfect New Yorker: sharp, witty and eminently quotable. And it is clear that Meister had a lot of responsible fun paying tribute to her." "Bookreporter"
"Meister skillfully translates the rapier-like wit of the Algonquin Round Table to modern-day New York ... [with] pathos, nuanced characters, plenty of rapid-fire one-liners, and a heart-rending denouement." "Publishers Weekly"
"This funny yet tender homage...resurrects the iconic wit of the literary legend...Breezy and engaging...complete with Parkeresque banter." "Library Journal"
""Farewell, Dorothy Parker "is a delightful haunting. How wonderful to have the renowned wit America's wisegirl as resident ghost and adviser.... Ellen Meister's new novel is smart and fun." Susan Isaacs, "New York Times "bestselling author of "As Husbands Go"
"Gone four decades and still missed, Dorothy Parker now has a starring role in Ellen Meister s delicious new novel. No doubt Mrs. Parker, wherever she is, must be smiling." Marion Meade, author of "Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This?"
"In "Farewell, Dorothy Parker," Ellen Meister provides refreshing insight into Mrs. Parker as a wit, civil rights advocate, and writer. Both of this bitchin' novel's main characters Violet and Dorothy can visit me any time." Mark Ebner, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Hollywood, Interrupted"
"What bliss to be in the company of a reimagined Dorothy Parker! Ellen Meister's wonderful novel delivers the wit, ingenuity and elegiac sass worthy of the Algonquin Table's most quoted member. Long live Dorothy Parker and her zingers, resurrected so winningly in these pages."
Elinor Lipman author of "The Family Man""

"Magical fun. Booklist
[Meister] reveals the pathos behind the pith, and she instructs readers about the enduring legacy of a writer who produced not just scathing reviews, clever jokes, quotable poetry, and insightful short stories but also championed social causes. Classic Parker zingers sprinkled throughout the novel add sparkle. Washington Post
"Meister honors Dorothy Parker, her still-fresh political convictions, and her body of witty, insightful work in this very nice literary romp.... Parker was the perfect New Yorker: sharp, witty and eminently quotable. And it is clear that Meister had a lot of responsible fun paying tribute to her." Bookreporter
"Meister skillfully translates the rapier-like wit of the Algonquin Round Table to modern-day New York ... [with] pathos, nuanced characters, plenty of rapid-fire one-liners, and a heart-rending denouement." Publishers Weekly
"This funny yet tender homage...resurrects the iconic wit of the literary legend...Breezy and engaging...complete with Parkeresque banter." Library Journal
"Farewell, Dorothy Parker is a delightful haunting. How wonderful to have the renowned wit America's wisegirl as resident ghost and adviser.... Ellen Meister's new novel is smart and fun." Susan Isaacs, New York Times bestselling author of As Husbands Go
"Gone four decades and still missed, Dorothy Parker now has a starring role in Ellen Meister s delicious new novel. No doubt Mrs. Parker, wherever she is, must be smiling." Marion Meade, author of Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This?
"In Farewell, Dorothy Parker, Ellen Meister provides refreshing insight into Mrs. Parker as a wit, civil rights advocate, and writer. Both of this bitchin' novel's main characters Violet and Dorothy can visit me any time." Mark Ebner, New York Times bestselling author of Hollywood, Interrupted
"What bliss to be in the company of a reimagined Dorothy Parker! Ellen Meister's wonderful novel delivers the wit, ingenuity and elegiac sass worthy of the Algonquin Table's most quoted member. Long live Dorothy Parker and her zingers, resurrected so winningly in these pages."
Elinor Lipman author of The Family Man"

About the Author:

Ellen Meister teaches creative writing at Hofstra University School of Continuing Education, and lives on Long Island with her husband and three children.

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