Overexposed

A Novel

Susan Shapiro

Thomas Dunne Books

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From the acclaimed writer: a portrait of women in their element; funny, biting and poignant women’s lit

Eager to finally stand on her own two feet, New York photographer Rachel Solomon finally escapes the clutches of her crazy Midwestern Jewish family, and the twisted machinations of her kooky best friend, Elizabeth. All is well until Elizabeth marries her brother, moves to her hometown, and becomes the daughter Rachel’s mother always wanted: popping out babies named after her crazy dead Jewish relatives.
In this comic novel, readers who delighted in Speed Shrinking will find amusement in Rachel’s desperate actions to prove herself worthy in the eyes of her traditional family—and navigate the precious waters between best friends.

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part one
chapter one
new vision
August 9, 2000
We met the day I replaced her.
I was sitting at my newly assigned desk after hours, still psyched out of my mind to be an art assistant at Vision magazine, when she ran in, startling me. She was a tall, gangly brunette, older than I was. Taking off her raincoat, she draped it across a chair, along with her leather handbag, as if she owned the place. She was wearing a V-neck ash-colored sweater and gray pants. There was a rip on the bottom of her pant leg, and her flats were caked with mud.

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“Funny and original, with a soulfulness beneath the humor that makes it moving as well. Susan Shapiro is one of the funniest writers about love, marriage, and family that I know of today.

—Ian Frazier, bestselling author of Dating Your Mom

 

“Hip, hilarious, and heartbreaking”

 —Erica Kennedy, author of the bestseller Bling and Feminista

 

“As sharp, edgy, true-to-life, and poignant as an Annie Leibovitz photo. Shapiro gives us an intense prince-and-the-pauper friendship in a plot with freaky-Friday twists and turns, that, like your own friendship, you don’t want to ever end.”

—Jennifer Belle, author of the bestseller Going Down and The Seven Year Bitch

 

 

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“Susan Shapiro’s voice is so passionate and honest, it’s bewitching.”

—Erica Jong, author of Fear of Flying

 

“An irresistible energy, winning humor and breathtakingly frank honesty.”

—Phillip Lopate, author of Two Marriages

 

“Fierce, compelling, unputdownable.”

—Gael Greene, author of Insatiable

 

“Sly, funny, on the money”

—Rita Mae Brown, author of Rubyfruit Jungle

 


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About the Author

Susan Shapiro

SUSAN SHAPIRO has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, and more. She is the author of Speed Shrinking, and five books of nonfiction whose rights have been sold in seven countries and been optioned for film.

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Overexposed
A Novel
Susan Shapiro

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
August 2010
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312581572
ISBN10: 0312581572
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$35.99

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
August 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429937993
ISBN10: 1429937998
320 pages
$7.99
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