The Best Place to Be: A Novel in Stories

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Simon & Schuster
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5.56 X 8.44 X 0.48 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author
Lesley Dormen was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Her short stories have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and other literary magazines and anthologies. She teaches fiction writing at the Writers Studio in Greenwich Village, where she lives with her husband.
"Lesley Dormen's funny, bittersweet tale is the knowing portrait of a particular yet archetypal modern woman caught between the demands of her family and her personal ambitions. What captivated me most, however, was the shadow portrait in these pages: a fine cameo of millennial New York, rendered with the same sly, satiric affection that Steve Martin lavished on Los Angeles in Shopgirl." -- Julia Glass, author of Three Junes and The Whole World Over
"Whether she's spending Thanksgiving in Rome watching reruns of the Kennedy assassination, trying to talk her mother out of her face-lift fund so she can pay down her credit card debt, interviewing marriage counselors in Starbucks, or trying to outsmart her larcenous housekeeper, Grace Hanford's life makes perfect postmodern sense. The Best Place to Be is smart, funny, and completely delightful; it's going to make a lot of readers very happy." -- Kathryn Harrison, author of Envy and The Kiss
"The Best Place to Be is a terrific debut. Smart, funny, wise, and altogether heartening. These linked stories read like dispatches from the front of modern womanhood. Lesley Dormen has crafted this book so carefully and elegantly that you might not notice how beautifully it's written. Notice. She's the real deal." -- Dani Shapiro, author of Family History and Black & White
"Dormen's stories are often delightfully, crushingly funny."
-- New York Times Book Review
"A journey that is smack-your-forehead familiar, and so crazily funny you could cry."
-- O Magazine
"Virginia Woolf meets Candace Bushnell in these funny, beautifully written linked stories."
-- Elle Reader's Prize Judge
"Dormen's...conversational short like the best kind of personal essays: dispatches from the (not all bad) front."
-- More Magazine
"As I calculate the weight of most current fiction, this [writing] tips the scales."
-- The Boston Globe